Join Facing History and Ourselves to explore our interdisciplinary approach to civic education. We will learn how to nurture reflective, student-centered classrooms that value student identities and model democratic principles of inclusion, civility and the common good. We will engage in a critical and informed study of selected issues and moments in United States history. These histories illuminate the complex social and political context in which governments function, including the beliefs, personalities, institutions, historical legacies, and human behaviors that shape, and sometimes distort, the democratic process. Finally, we will consider how these histories highlight the significance of our own choices. We will explore resources, strategies and projects that inspire students to use their voices, strengthen their civic agency, and choose to participate in democracy today.
In this seminar, participants will:
- Learn how to create an open, supportive, and reflective learning community that embodies equitable and democratic values and supports ethical decision-making;
- Explore a new Facing History resource, “From Reflection to Action: A Choosing to Participate Toolkit.”
- Walk away with planning tools for student-led projects that will empower them to take effective action in their communities.
- Examine approaches to teaching current events and news literacy, supporting students' ability to think critically, find reliable information, take action, and responsibly share news and information through social media
- Learn a new way of structuring curriculum to help students connect history to their own lives and the choices they make
- Practice teaching strategies and classroom activities that reinforce historical thinking and critical literacy skills.
This seminar will help teachers across subjects and disciplines add a layer of activities to center student voices and provide them the insight and tools to take action in their world today.
Taking place between Monday and Thursday over one calendar week, each offering is a real-time, interactive online classroom where participants will connect in facilitated whole and small group sessions. We estimate a time commitment of up to four hours a day for synchronous and asynchronous sessions.
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