Civics & Government
Twenty-five years after the Supreme Court’s historic Hazelwood ruling, we’ll examine the state of the First Amendment on campus and the role of student expression in effective civic education.
Ellen Austin, Palo Alto High School, Palo Alto, CA, US; Diana Hess, University of Wisconsin, Madison, WI, US; Kathy Kuhlmeier, Springfield, MO, US; Frank LoMonte, Student Press Law Center, Arlington, VA, US
Our students’ lives are saturated with new apps, 30-second video clips and Internet memes. Come learn how leveraging these tools can help you stay relevant and digitize your classroom!
Brian Furgione, Milwee Middle School/Seminole County Public Schools, Longwood, FL, US; Jason Dumont, Milwee Middle School, Longwood, FL, US
Through activities and discussions, participants explore two free downloadable lessons by the Bill of Rights Institute that help students understand the development and impact of the contract theory of government.
Gennie Westbrook, Bill of Rights Institute, Arlington, VA, US
How do modern states adapt to global political forces? Challenge your students to answer this essential question using a case study model focused on measuring mastery of 21st Century skills.
Suzanne Bailey, Virgil I. Grissom High School, Huntsville, AL, US
This session gives participants an opportunity to analyze two cases argued before (but not yet decided by) the U.S. Supreme Court this term. Supreme Court Summer Insitute information provided.
Lee Arbetman, Street Law, Inc., Silver Spring, MD, US
The session promotes civic literacy to implement the Common Core for middle school teachers. Strategies, methods, and materials are provided to explore current events and controversial issues of juvenile justice.
Michael Kopish, Plymouth State University, Plymouth, NH, US; Alison Wenhart, Plymouth State University, Plymouth, NH, US
The “civic empowerment gap” is spawned by inequitable school-based civic learning opportunities, and Chicago Public Schools has a visionary plan for closing it to ensure equitable democratic political participation.
Shawn Healy, Robert R. McCormick Foundation, Chicago, IL, US; Jon Schmidt, Chicago Public Schools, Chicago, IL, US
Bring the legislative process to life with Congress.gov, a ground-breaking, comprehensive, user-friendly, free source of information about the work of Congress both today and in history.
Lee Ann Potter, The Library of Congress, Washington, DC, US; Stephen Wesson, The Library of Congress, Washington, DC, US
Energy independence extends beyond the cost of gasoline. Social studies teachers can help students understand the implications of our energy needs for citizenship in the 21st century.
Frans Doppen, Ohio University, Athens, OH, US; Matthew Hollstein, Columbus City Schools, Columbus, OH, US
TLAC helps students examine issues from multiple perspectives using glasses representing the disciplines: history (time lens), politics (rules lens), economics (stuff lens), geography (space lens), and behavioral sciences (people lens).
S.G. Grant, Binghamton University, Binghamton, NY, US; Kathy Swan, University of Kentucky, Lexington, KY, US; Emma Thacker, University of Kentucky, Lexington, KY, US