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Architecture and Engineering Design Program

Promising Approaches

Design and implement programs that provide students with the opportunity to apply what they learn through performing community service that is linked to the formal curriculum and classroom instruction.

Encourage and support activities and student and community organizations that provide opportunities for students to be engaged in their campuses and communities.


Students in the Architectural and Engineering Design program participate in cooperative projects with public and non-profit organizations.

For example, students collaborated on the revision of the State of Maine plumbing codes, and a group is currently working on the design for renovations of a South Portland church. These projects allow students to practice their skills in real settings and contribute to their community.

Special Features

Civic Learning Goals

  • Civic Knowledge: Knowledge about community affairs, political issues, and the processes by which citizens effect change.
    • Identify and describe the community in which they live.
  • Civic Skills:Further develop and use critical-thinking skills and ethical reasoning to make informed and responsible decisions. Contacting public officials. Work cooperatively with others and develop effective team building practices.
  • Civic Attitudes/Dispositions: Concern for the greater good. Develop a sense of personal efficacy. Belong to and contribute to groups in civil society that offer venues for community or public participation

Contact Information

Ed Fitzgerald

Campaign for the Civic Mission of Schools: Education for Democracy