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Rock the Vote's Democracy Class is a one-period, civics education lesson plan that teaches high school students about the importance of voting, the history behind it, and registers them to vote. The program uses popular culture, video, a mock election, and classroom discussion to excite students about participating in our democracy and enable them to recognize the power that comes with voting.

Educators can download the materials needed to teach Democracy Class for free from

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Partnering with the National Parks: 4th Graders and Beyond

Saturday, December 3, 2016 -
10:30am to 11:30am
Bring social studies to life with the National Park Service's 4th grader Every Kid in a Park program. Rangers stand ready to help your kids explore our heritage and culture.

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Saturday, December 3, 2016 -
3:50pm to 4:50pm

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Saturday, December 3, 2016 -
5:00pm to 6:00pm

Turning Twitter into a Critical Inquiry Tool: Techniques and Tips

Saturday, December 3, 2016 -
9:15am to 10:15am
Twitter postings are fertile ground for strengthening the analytical skills of historical thinking. The critical inquiry techniques presented will equip teachers in facilitating stronger media literacies with their students.

Three Strikes and Second Chances: Examining Criminal Justice through Documentary

Saturday, December 3, 2016 -
1:30pm to 2:30pm
In 2012, California amended its three-strikes law, instigating the reintegration of thousands of lifers. PBS's POV presents tools to examine criminal justice and reentry through the documentary, The Return.

I'm Right, but You're not Totally Wrong: Learning to Listen

Saturday, December 3, 2016 -
8:00am to 9:00am
We live in an information glut: filter bubbles, confirmation bias, and media narrowcasting have stymied students' listening and learning abilities. Learn about C3-based, technology-rich activities that foster informed discussion.

Using Inquiry Strategies Effectively: Gems from the Instruction Community

Saturday, December 3, 2016 -
2:40pm to 3:40pm
Learn about Gems when using inquiry strategies in K-12 classrooms. Explore a variety of topics, including using problem-based learning to address social justice and cultural diversity.

Don't Just Stand There; Do Something!: Partnerships for Action

Friday, December 2, 2016 -
3:45pm to 4:45pm
Learn about inquiry lessons on citizenship participation that resulted from partnerships between the University of West Florida, local school districts, and social justice organizations.

Skateboarding, Potholes, and Gun Violence: Students Advocate to Community Stakeholders

Friday, December 2, 2016 -
5:00pm to 6:00pm
From brainstorming to student presentations at city hall, learn how to develop a process-oriented project that engages students in advocacy for change in their local community.


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