Explore the global competencies and discover how your existing lessons already incorporate the 21st century skills of investigating the world, recognizing perspectives, communicating ideas and taking action.
Real social changes start with having hard conversations. Unsilence will help you build strategies for facilitating tough conversations in the classroom that lead to authentic, student-driven, and informed civic action.
Inquiry as engagement is NOT limited to the social sciences. Learn how the proven practice of service learning can be used to build connections across disciplines to build civic knowledge, skills, and dispositions.
Learn about the Center for Tech and Civic Life's Reflective Democracy work, which highlights the lack of representation of women and people of color in our government. See how these imbalances affect everything from legislation affecting schools to the self-image of students. Brainstorm ideas on how to combat these limiting factors in the classroom.
Our classrooms are powerful communities with the potential to prepare young people to engage in our democracy by helping them develop civic competencies, but we need to construct learning environments where they can practice these skills. Receive resources and tools to start practicing democracy in your classroom daily.
Learn what participatory budgeting is, how it works in a classroom/school setting, and how it enriches civics curriculum with hands-on application. Receive specific examples from multiple schools that implemented participatory budgeting successfully in Chicago Public Schools and hear results from the initial pilot evaluation.
Schools function better with communication and collaboration between students and adults. Students can provide valuable expertise on how to foster a more peaceful and positive school climate. Learn strategies for engaging student voice and fostering student leadership.