We believe that Nebraska students shouldn’t only visit the State Capitol in fourth grade. As one of Civic Nebraska’s flagship programs, Capitol Experience Days offer that opportunity to middle- and high-school students across the state.
Capitol Experience Days go beyond a simple tour. They are designed to teach critical thinking, civil discourse, and the governing process through a speaker lineup of a state legislator, executive branch official (e.g. attorney general, lieutenant governor, etc.), and a Supreme Court justice.
Students also engage in a mock committee hearing, in which they deliberate a piece of current legislation of their choice from different viewpoints. By the end of the day, students have a greater understanding of the Nebraska unicameral and their role as citizens in the state’s legislative process.
Capitol Experience Days create civically engaged students who understand how to effectively advocate for their communities by honing civil discourse, critical thinking, and community leadership skills.
“This day is always eye-opening to our students. I always enjoy seeing and talking with the students after (Capitol Experience Days) — they take themselves and school more seriously. Thank you again for making this day possible!” — Kate Damgaard, Lincoln Public Schools
A sample agenda is included below, but please note that Capitol Experience Days are customizable to various age groups and subject matters. Additionally, Civic Nebraska has worked with teachers to develop related lesson plans that meet state Social Studies, English, and Reading standards.
For more information and to schedule your Capitol Experience Day, please reach out to Bridget Claborn, Civic Health Program Manager, at email@example.com.