Democracy Education

Measuring the Civic Values of Education Policymakers and Policy Shapers


This research proposes a measure for the civic values of those with the strongest impact on civic education— policymakers and the teachers whose ideologies daily shape their students’ education.

Presenters: 

Jennice McCafferty-Wright, University of Missouri, Columbia, Missouri; Ryan Knowles, University of Missouri, Columbia, Missouri

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31
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Re-envisioning Civics Education: Empowering Youth to Participate in the Legal-Landscape


What does civic participation look like in the 21st century? How can we empower students to solve problems and advance democracy? Participants explore Law and Justice, an inquiry-based curriculum.

Presenters: 

Eliza Fabillar, Education Development Center, Inc., Waltham, MA; Jessica Juliuson, Education Development Center, Inc., Waltham, MA

session id: 
34
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Democracy Education via Social-Media: Thomas Jefferson's Boisterous Sea of Liberty


Participants will explore a digital platform for the exchange of resources, teacher-derived activities, and expert historical content to elaborate on the ideals of self-government and individual rights for classroom use

Presenters: 

Christine Baron, Boston University, Boston, MA; Gary Sandling, Thomas Jefferson Foundation (Monticello), Charlottesville, VA

session id: 
35
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The hijab in public schools in the United States


In the United States, the number of students who wear the hijab (religious headscarf) is increasing. The poster presentation will explore religious pluralism and civil rights in public schools.

Presenters: 

Julie Anne Taylor, University of Michigan-Dearborn, Dearborn, Michigan

session id: 
26
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Conversation About Democracy in Morocco & the U.S.


A Moroccan secondary teacher who recently spent five months in the U.S. shares his knowledge/experiences with democracy in both countries and converses with the audience based on their comments/questions.

Presenters: 

Mustapha Imouri, ESL teacher, Moulay Rachid High School, Aguelmous, ; William Wilen, Emeritus Professor, Kent State University, Kent, Ohio

session id: 
19
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Democracy Alive in Classrooms: Kids Voting USA and Citizenship Counts


Both programs lead students through interactive, real world curricula, culminating with ballots cast at the actual polls (Kids Voting), or an official naturalization ceremony on their campus(Citizenship Counts).

Presenters: 

Syd Golston, Phoenix Union High School District, Phoenix, Arizona

session id: 
18
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The Rule of Law: Foundation for Democratic Citizenship


Teaching students that the rule of law is the foundation for all democratic ideals will ensure an engaged citizenry that values equity, social justice and opportunity for all people.

Presenters: 

H. Timothy Isaacs, Center for Teaching the Rule of Law, Salem, Virginia; G. Michael Pace, Center for Teaching the Rule of Law, Salem, Virginia

session id: 
10
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Promoting Democracy Education and Global Awareness through Classroom Simulations


Learn how simulations promote democracy education. Participants will role-play countries in a simulation of the UN Democracy Fund, debating how to best promote grassroots democracy initiatives in the Near East.

Presenters: 

Katherine Field, Woodstock Academy, Woodstock, CT

session id: 
12
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Folktales using Binary Opposites and Holistic Perspectives to teach Democracy


Explore a method of using folktales from around the world to teach democracy by emphasizing binary opposites, holistic perspectives, and focusing on the characters and events of the story

Presenters: 

Renard Harris, College of Charleston, Charleston, SC

session id: 
5
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Strengthening Democracy Education through Ethical Reasoning


A university curriculum to help students negotiate conflicting ethical concerns in personal, professional, and civiic life is presented, and attendees consider how ethical decision making can strengthen democracy education.

Presenters: 

Fletcher Linder, James Madison University, Harrisonburg, Virginia; Lee Sternberger, James Madison University, Harrisonburg, Virginia

session id: 
6
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