As part of National County Government Month, the National Association of Counties, in partnership with iCivics, unveiled new and improved civic education resources: the County Solutions curriculum and the Counties Work online game. The curriculum provides educators with engaging lesson plans and other tools for middle and high school instruction. Available free of charge, the curriculum guides students through the basics of county government and encourages them to engage in local solutions. The game, now compatible across iOS and Android tablets, allows students to simulate the role of an elected county leader responsible for balancing budgets, services and citizen requests. We have also created a guide to assist NACo members in introducing the game and curriculum to local classrooms.
These new resources aim to help the next generation of Americans become more engaged and better versed in local government – and the online educational game is fun for adults, too.