The Trainer’s Manual can be used with a variety of groups because you can pick and choose among the interactive and thought provoking activities to tailor training to best meet each group’s needs.
For a description of the three parts of the interactive CD-ROM called Adventures in Citizenship that accompanies the trainer's guide CD-ROM and printed manual, please see below. Although the Trainer’s Manual includes two CDs, the training can be done without a computer because all of the information and reproducible handouts are included in the printed manual.
Click below to view a sample of Rappin' Boogie Bobcat's Public Policy Rap. Please Note: these files were compressed from their original, high-quality version available on the CD.
Part 2: The Saga of Soggy Bottom Swamp
Students get a front-row seat for "The Saga of Soggy Bottom Swamp,” where swamp critters face a life-threatening dilemma and then discover their power and, through the democratic process, save the swamp. (Run time: 17 minutes)
Objective: To engage students on an emotional level and provide an interesting, fun and inspiring illustration of the public policymaking process and the power of ordinary citizens to bring about change in a democracy.
Part 3 : What can you do about public policies?
This part is divided into three sections—"See,” "Believe” and "Do.” In it students discover the importance of knowing (1) what the current situation or problem is and what they want it to be, (2) how to find and use their power, and (3) what it takes to make change happen.Objective:
To reinforce the message of the Saga and give students practical and useful "how-to” information that will give them a jump start on tackling a public policy change.
SMHA Wants To Hear From You
To help us gauge the effectiveness of this product, please
(1) administer the brief Participant Self Assessment on pg 115 of the Trainer's Guide or here
, as both a pre- and post-assessment instrument when you initially use the CD or any of the lesson plans or units in this guide and
(2) use the form on pages 113-114 or send us the pre- and post-assessment results.
The form can be faxed to 337-367-3279, submitted on-line, or printed and mailed to SMHA, 3602 Old Jeanerette Road, New Iberia, LA 70563. We are not asking that you send the results each time you use the CD or lesson plans and units, only the first time. However, you may want to use the assessment instrument for your own evaluation purposes when you use the CD on other occasions.
Other feedback also welcome: The lesson plans in this guide were developed by an experienced team of trainers to illustrate how the CD can be used in the classroom. No doubt you and other trainers will come up with even more creative ways to use the CD to actively engage participants in learning about civics, citizenship and other subjects. If you develop additional lesson plans, please send them to SMHA at the address above. In addition, please send us any comments you have about this product. (Also see page 223 of the guide for information about the "SEE, BELIEVE, DO Trainer Award.” Administering and reporting the pre- and post-assessment results as noted above is one of the requirements of the award.)