Contributors Welcome! An Invitation to support the work of The Taft Institute for Government
The Taft Institute for Government has a mission to support, assist, and encourage teachers in public, parochial, and private schools to foster a full range of civic involvement leading to citizen action, particularly young citizens, those who will inherit and sustain our democratic political culture. To this end, we offer programs for the civic education of teachers and their pupils from kindergarten to college, regularly providing scholarships to attend an annual summer institute and fall seminars, as well as an array of community, school simulation, foreign policy, and economic education activities.
We deeply believe that highly motivated and well-informed teachers are and will continue to be the best agents for building positive attitudes toward democratic participation, from consumer decisions to active engagement with elections and community organizations.
Since our programs depend largely upon solicited and unsolicited grants from private and public agencies, we welcome contributions and donations from private individuals, civic organizations, and corporate offices to support and sustain our efforts. Currently, we have a series of projects that we would like to expand or initiate, including:
Additional scholarships for teachers (at a cost of approximately $1,000 for a summer/fall program for three graduate credits).
Book and materials fairs designed to acquaint teachers of grades K-12 with the wide and wonderful range of social science and history materials available to them for classroom instruction on such topics as The US Constitution and Bill of Rights, the Legislative Process, Current National and International Issues, etc.
Community education programs aimed at socializing and organizing immigrant groups into the American political system of voting and participation.
New programs to encourage teachers to experiment with ‘hands-on’ programs of Consumer and economic education aimed particularly at diverse urban youth.
Developing interactive simulation games on a variety of political topics, e.g.,
legislation, Mock trials, foreign policy decision-making, Conflict resolution, and related topics.