JUNE 7  

Promising Practices in Civic & Character Education

Special Topics for 2019

  • Beyond the Echo Chambers: Using Social Media for Civic Good

  • Tools for Elementary Teaching and Character Building

  • Indigenous Sovereignty: Implications for Civic Teaching  (get the Powerpoint presentation here)

  • Teaching History, Learning Citizenship (get the Powerpoint presentation here)

  • Teaching the Holocaust and Human Behavior

  • News Literacy: Making Real News Relevant to Gen Y (get the Powerpoint presentation here)

  • Recapture Canyon: An Exercise in Consensus Building (get the Powerpoint presentation here)

  • School Culture Matters for Civic Learning

  • Service Learning and Experiential Civics

  • Creative Approaches to Civic Teaching

Conference Overview

Promising Practices in Civic & Character Education
7 June 2019
8:00 am - 4:45 pm

This one-day conference was designed to strengthen civics education in Utah by giving you the skills, tools, and partnership opportunities you need to deliver solid civic learning outcomes for your students. K-12 teachers will receive a $150 stipend and USBE credit for participation and completion of a reflection assignment.

Audience: K-12 educators (must fully register to attend with stipend), administrators, stakeholders, and civic and community partners.


Keynote Speakers & presenters


I currently work as an Assistant Professor of American Indian Studies at Utah Valley University. Previously, I ran a solo practice in Albuquerque, NM providing legal services in Personal Injury, Indian Law, and Immigration. Prior to opening my private practice I worked over two years with the Navajo Nation in Legislative Services and the Department of Justice-Water Rights Unit. I served as a Tribal Court Judge for the Confederated Tribes of the Goshute Indian Reservation for 6-1/2 years. I also served as a Administrative Hearing Officer for the Idaho Transportation Department in Boise, Idaho for 3-1/2 years. I am a law school graduate and obtained my Juris Doctorate from the University of Utah, S.J. Quinney College of Law, in Salt Lake City, Utah. I am a member in good standing with the New Mexico Bar Association and the Navajo Nation Bar Association. I have experience teaching Federal Indian Policy on the university level at Utah Valley University.

Assistant Professor, American Indian Studies, Utah Valley University


Keynote III

Indigenous Sovereignty: Implications for Civic Teaching and Learning

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Mary Johnson is the Senior Historian at Facing History and Ourselves, and she also teaches Holocaust and Genocide Studies at Stockton University in New Jersey.  She began her teaching career as a Peace Corps Volunteer Teacher in Northern Nigeria. She earned her Masters and Doctoral degrees from Washington University. Following graduate school,  she taught Women’s Studies and European History at Washington University and Temple University and spent a year as a visiting fellow at the Wellesley College Center for Research on Women. Since 1983, she has been with Facing History and Ourselves, facilitating seminars and workshops, writing curricula and conducting research. Currently, she is conducting research on sexual violence during the Holocaust and genocide and deepening understanding of the Nanjing Safety Zone and other examples of safety zones during atrocities.

Senior Historian, Facing History and Ourselves


Special Topic

Teaching the Holocaust and Human Behavior


Collin created a popular parody Instagram account to make fun of social media, and then used that platform to help spread good. He travels the country speaking to youth, parents, colleges and educators on how to rise above the negative effects of social media and screen-time addiction and has helped 1000’s of teens and parents get off their phones and connect in real life. He used his social media platform to raise money for hurricane victims, kids fighting cancer, orphanages in South America, and created National Delete Snapchat Day and this year started a campaign called #SavetheKids which earned him a spot on the TEDx stage in September. 



Keynote I

Beyond the Echo Chamber:

Using Social Media and Tech for Civic Good

Jeffery D. Nokes has a PhD in teaching and learning from the University of Utah. A former secondary teacher, his research focuses on history instruction, historical literacy, teacher preparation, and civic engagement. He wrote Building Students’ Historical Literacies: Learning to Read and Reason with Historical Texts and Evidence and co-authored Explorers of the American West: Mapping the World through Primary Documents.

Associate Professor, History Department, Brigham Young University

Jeffery d. nokes, pHd

Keynote II


Jennifer joined The Salt Lake Tribune in January 2013, starting as a business writer and eventually becoming host of a daily online video program, Trib Talk, and the weekly radio news show Behind the Headlines before being named editor in August 2016. Prior to coming to The Tribune, Jennifer was news director, anchor, host and reporter for both KUER 90.1 FM and KCPW 88.3/105.3 FM, receiving numerous top awards from the Utah Headliners Chapter of the Society of Professional Journalists, Utah Broadcasters Association and the national Public Radio News Directors Incorporated (PRNDI). She regularly moderates community events and has been an adjunct professor at the University of Utah. Jennifer has a bachelor's degree from the University of Utah and a master's degree from Stanford University. 

Photo courtesy of The Salt Lake Tribune. 

Editor, The Salt Lake Tribune


Special Topic



Anticipated Learning Outcomes

Participants will come away from the conference inspired to teach civics in rigorous and engaging ways and with a deep understanding of...

  • Promising practices around Utah and the U.S.

  • Support from community partners for action-oriented civic teaching and learning

  • Tools to strengthen civic teaching and meet updated state social studies standards

  • How to compete for the 1st annual Centers of Excellence awards program in 2020

Conference Sponsors




Contact us

Tel: 385.355.4332

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