What are the hallmarks of a quality citizenship education program?

Please share your ideas with me

This time I'm asking for your ideas. I'm putting together a list of "indicators of program quality" for citizenship programs, and I'd like to gather thoughts from readers of this blog.

In your experience, what are the features of a really effective citizenship education program? What components should a program have in place? What skills/practices should instructors demonstrate? What kinds of mistakes should progams avoid?

If you are reading this on the Citizenship News web page, please hit the "Contact Lynne" link to the right. If you are reading this in an email, go to index.cfm?p=c.add   Please fill in the "email" and "comments" section of the dialog form and tell me what comes to mind.

Thanks for sharing your ideas! --Lynne