Wisconsin Civics Games
In an effort to foster civic engagement in Wisconsin youth, the Wisconsin Newspaper Association is launching the Wisconsin Civics Games, which will take place during the second semester of the 2018-19 school year and will be open to all Wisconsin high schools. The statewide bowl will be preceded by regional bowls.
Newspapers have traditionally been the vehicle around which communities rally when a grassroots effort is needed, so it makes sense that they lead this charge to encourage civic education and engagement.
We’re asking our member newspapers to reach out to their local schools to help get the word out about the Wisconsin Civics Games. Newspaper publishers should have received an email with their assigned school(s). If you didn’t receive your newspaper’s schools or need more information, contact WNA Member Services Director Julia Hunter.
Teacher toolkits and student study guides for the Civics Games prepared by the Wisconsin Policy Forum are available at no cost by contacting the Wisconsin Newspaper Association at 608-283-7620. Additional resources are available via Wisconsin Eye, Wisconsin Public Television, iCivics.org and PBS. Sponsoring print and digital newspaper platforms will also be asked to highlight local applicable content that can be used for student preparation.
Each Civics Games team should be comprised of up to four students, and one team per high school may attend district competitions. The process for selecting a team to send to the district competition shall be determined by the high school.
Wisconsin Public Television: Ensure your students are in the know on the political process and how it affects them. Explore WisconsinVote.org and find a collection of lesson plans, videos, interactive maps which will help take their understanding of elections and democracy to the next level.
PBS Teachers Lounge: Your source for teaching inspiration, blogs, events, resources, and fresh ideas.
PBS Student Reporting Labs: Connect students with a network of public broadcasting mentors, an innovative journalism curriculum and an online collaborative space.
iCivics: iCivics innovative games and supporting classroom resources teach young people to understand how our political systems work by allowing them to experience it first-hand and empowering them to address real-world issues.
WisconsinEye: WisconsinEye’s In the Classroom civics initiative is a collection of free online resources designed to engage students in state government.
Registration Deadline – Monday, Nov. 5, 2018
Local Competitions – Week of Jan. 10, 2019 (Multiple teams competing against each other from a single school)
Regional Competitions – Feb. 2, 2019 (Schools advancing from the local competition. Regions for the Civics Games mirror those of the WIAA)
- Region One – UW-Barron County (Rice Lake)
- Region Two – UW-Stevens Point
- Region Three – UW-La Crosse
- Region Four – UW-Green Bay
- Region Five – UW-Platteville
- Region Six – UW-Madison
- Region Seven – UW-Milwaukee
State Finals at Wisconsin State Capitol, Madison – Feb. 23, 2019 (Two schools advancing from each regional competition.)