Place for All Conference 2020
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Welcome and Pledge of Allegiance
Robert Austin, USBE Humanities Team Coordinator, brings us all together and frames emerging opportunities to prepare students, in a practical sense, for civic life.
The Pledge of Allegiance is led by students.
Robert Austin is the Humanities Team Coordinator for the Utah State Board of Education.
Overview of HB 334 & Its Purpose
Earlier this year the Utah Legislature enacted, and the Governor signed HB334 Civics Education Amendments creating a three-year civic engagement pilot program to evaluate the benefits of, and methods for, implementing a civic engagement project requirement for high school graduation. Though funding for the program faces a somewhat uncertain future with Covid-related budget shortfalls, the commitment to this initiative is solid. Learn from our legislative champion what you can do to build momentum for this important initiative and build its scope to serve more Utah students and communities.
Dr. Daniel N. Johnson grew up on a farm in Eastern Nebraska. This is where he learned many of life’s lessons, especially the value of hard work. He is the first person in the generations of his family to graduate from college. Dan has a Bachelor’s Degree from Peru State Teachers College; a Master’s from the University of Nebraska at Omaha; an Educational Specialist Degree from the University of Nebraska at Lincoln; and a Doctorate Degree in Educational Leadership. Dan has been an educator for 50 years, serving 42 years as an administrator. Most recently he served as the Assistant Superintendent for the Tooele County School District in Tooele, Utah, and retired in 2018 as the Director of Edith Bowen Laboratory School in the College of Education and Human Services on the campus of Utah State University. Dan was elected to the Utah House of Representatives for the 2019-20 session where he proudly represents the citizens of Logan in House District 4.
What Kind of Citizen?
If we don’t have an idea about where we are going, we won’t get anywhere. As Utah educators pivot from academic civics to “lived civics”and back again in a feedback loop, it’s worth asking what kind of citizens our students should become. The point is to begin a thought process (or: conversation) about the most important outcomes for students, and to measure meaningful results so that we can continue improving. A solid road map can help you anticipate challenges, including how to educate for democractic life in hyper partisan times. Dr. Kahne has devoted a good part of his career to these and other essential questions.
Joseph Kahne is the Ted and Jo Dutton Presidential Professor for Education Policy and Politics and Director of the Civic Engagement Research Group (CERG) at the University of California, Riverside. Professor Kahne's research and writing focuses on ways that education and digital media influence youth civic and political development. Currently, CERG is partnering with Oakland, Chicago, Riverside, LA, and two districts in Washington State on district-wide reform efforts that seek to Leverage Equity and Access to Democratic Education (LEADE). Kahne is also engaged in longitudinal studies that examine the impact and distribution of varied civic and media literacy learning opportunities. With Erica Hodgin, he also coordinates the development of teacher resources for the Teaching Channel’s Deep Dive on Educating for Democracy in the Digital Age. Professor Kahne was past Chair of the MacArthur Foundation’s Youth and Participatory Politics Research Network. He is currently a member of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences Commission on the Practice of Democratic Citizenship and also advises many civic education reform efforts. He can be reached at email@example.com and his work is available at http://www.civicsurvey.org
Approaches to Experiential Civics: Panel Discussion
A panel of local and national educators and thought leaders will share their broad experience with lived civics approaches and take questions. The panel includes:
Nurturing Experiential Civics: Curriculum Design & Professional Development
This interactive session features different ways to design curriculum to equip students to be responsible, participatory, and justice-oriented members of their community, whether that learning happens in the classroom, in remote learning or in academic service learning. Walk away with proven strategies and resources to connect experiential civics to social studies standards while deepening the impact of both.
Mary Ellen Daneels is a National Board Certified teacher who has taught at West Chicago Community High School for 26 years. She has been recognized as the Law-related Educator of the Year from the Constitutional Rights Foundation of Chicago, Teacher of the Year by the 19th District of the Veterans of Foreign Wars and American Civic Education Teacher from the Center for Civic Education. Mary Ellen has presented on service learning, simulations, and the use of controversy in the classroom at the local, state, and national level as well as provided professional development workshops in Estonia, Angola, and Belarus. A member of the Illinois Civic Mission Coalition, Mary Ellen has advocated for civic education before federal and state lawmakers. She serves on the Board of Directors for the National Council of the Social Studies and recently worked on a task force to revise Social Studies standards in the state of Illinois.
Focus on Results: Insights from Evaluation of Experiential Civics Initiatives
School kids are typically assessed on what they know--and Utah’s current requirement that students pass the citizenship test before they graduate exemplifies this approach. But what if the goal is to assess students’ functional ability to participate effectively in democratic life--how do we measure success on that front? Social studies standards emphasize mastery of the constitutional principles underlying democractic institutions--but how can we measure students’ ability to transfer this knowledge to whatever civic actions they take? Dr. Jane C. Lo summarizes findings from early research and evaluation of experiential civics initiatives around the U.S. with an eye on lessons for Utah.
Jane C. Lo is Assistant Professor of Teacher Education at Michigan State University. She studies social studies education broadly, with a specific focus on the inequitable experiences of students in civic education. Her recent works on student political engagement and Project Based Learning can be found in Theory and Research in Social Education as well as Democracy & Education.
Building Momentum for Experiential Civics: What happens next?
Thanks to Rep. Dan Johnson's leadership and the persistent efforts of the Utah Civics Coalition, the Utah Legislature passed HB 334 and allocated funding to support 3-4 LEAs or school districts in experiential civics initiatives.
Learn about next steps in this summer's RFP (Request for Proposal) process and what you can do to position yourself and your school community for opportunities connected to HB334 and beyond. This session includes Q & A (think about your questions in advance).
Judi Hilman, President of Policy Catalyst, has been working with the Utah State Board of Education to strengthen civic teaching and learning through convenings and professional development opportunities. Hilman's leadership in public policy and civic engagement has been recognized by several national and state groups, including the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation, Families USA, the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services, Utah League of Women Voters, University of Utah School of Social Work, and Voices for Utah Children.
LEAs Break into Small Group Discussions
Now it's your turn to innovate! Members of each LEA or geographic region will gather together to brainstorm ideas and next steps on experiential civics in your schools and community. Participants will have structured questions to answer if they like, or you can frame your own questions. The point is to start the conversation and to initiate a collaboration. Nonprofit and academic partners will have the option to join the discussions and share any opportunities they can bring to the table.
Each group will have an assigned facilitator and scribe.