Civics-Related Professional Development & Other Events
Updated: June 15, 2022
The one bright side of the pandemic is that it has opened up more PD to virtual platforms, and many event sponsors plan to continue offering their PD to educators no matter where they live and work. Best of all, some PD sponsors, like Educating for American Democracy, are offering PD on demand (check out EAD offerings HERE). Selections below are tailored to the focus areas of the Utah Civic Learning Collaborative (see below to submit events we may have missed).
Disclaimer: Posting resources below does not imply the resources are officially endorsed by the UCLC or its partners.
ICivics: Exploring the Roadmap to Educating for American Democracy (free workshop series)
June 15, 2022
5:00-6:30 PM (mtn)
This final live webinar in the Roadmap to Educating for American Democracy (EAD) virtual workshop series dives into Theme 7 of the Roadmap, “A People with Contemporary Debates and Possibilities,” investigating how historical narratives shape today’s political debates.
Don MacKinnon, Executive Producer, and Cauley Powell, Producer, for UNUM will be with us to discuss their work organizing scenes from filmmaker Ken Burns’s more than 40 films into playlists that trace the themes that run through our history and provide historical context for the conversations we are having today.
iCivics EdNet member Karalee Wong Nakatsuka will also share how she is teaching current events, issues, and debates through the lens of America’s past and fundamental principles.
Religion & American Democracy: Literacy, Liberty, and the Public Good (Bennion Center Workshop)
June 20-June 24, 2022 (all day)
Apply for scholarship by 7/1: HERE
Last Call!!! There are still spots remaining for the 2022 Bennion Teachers’ Workshop at USU. This will be an incredible week on understanding the place of religion in society and why it matters for good citizenship. Scholarships for educators are available (and you can attend for as little as $45 for a CEU!)! K-12 pre-service, in-service, higher ed faculty, and all administrators are welcome to join us and are eligible for scholarships!
Please help us spread the word in your schools, your districts, and your universities to those who have interest and could benefit from this workshop. Visit our website (https://www.usu.edu/mountainwest/bennion-workshop/index) for information, registration, and see the esteemed list of presenters. You can also read more in this press release: https://www.usu.edu/today/story/2022-bennion-teachers-workshop-to-promote-literacy-in-interplay-of-religion-democracy
Please contact us in the Mountain West Center with any questions.
Cato Institute and Sphere Education: Sphere Summit-Teaching Civic Culture Together
July 10-14, 2022 &
Apply for scholarship by 7/1: HERE
Sphere Summit is a full-scholarship professional development program for grades 5–12 educators and administrators and will be held in-person in Washington, DC. This summer we are offering two in-person Summits:
July 10–14 for grades 5–12 educators and administrators.
July 24–28 for educators teaching AP, IB, or similar advanced subjects and alumni
Those who are accepted to participate in the Sphere Summit and successfully complete the program will be eligible for the following benefits:
Room and board included + $500 travel stipend upon completion of the Summit.
Access to exclusive conversations and events for Sphere alumni
Early access to exclusive opportunities to bring Sphere professional development opportunities to their school
20+ hours of professional development, books, materials, lesson plans, and classroom resources.
Utah Valley University: We the People, the Citizen and hte Constitution 5th Grade Teacher Training
July 12-13, 2022
9:00 AM-3:30 PM
info/Register: HERE (deadline is June 14, 2022)
We the People: The Citizen & the Constitution teaches upper elementary students about civics, government, and active citizenship. Students explore the history and principles of American constitutional democracy through critical thinking, cooperative learning, and a unique and engaging culminating activity: a simulated congressional hearing. This training session is for 5th-grade teachers and will cover each module of the We the People program and address questions like:
What is the Constitution?
How did the Framers write our Constitution?
How does the Constitution organize our government?
How does the Constitution protect our basic rights?
What are the responsibilities of citizens?
Participants will receive a $200 stipend for attending and up to $400* in funding to run the mock congressional hearing in their classroom.
*Certain requirements must be met to be eligible to receive the additional funding. This will be explained in more detail at the training.
A modest mileage stipend will be added to the $200 to help assist travel costs.
Lodging is provided for the night for people attending that live more than 70 miles from UVU.
Registration closes at 11:59 p.m. on Tuesday, June 14th.
Please contact Kari Dennis at Kari.Dennis@UVU.EDU with any questions.
EAD & American Battlefield Trust: Virtual Teacher Institute on Teaching Hard History (FREE)
July 12-14, 2022
History is not straightforward, it is a complex series of interwoven events that can be challenging to unwind, let alone tackle in a classroom setting. Internal and external factors sometimes create a challenging setting for educators and students alike. How can we, as educators, cut through the static and present a fair and balanced narrative? How can we impact a classroom in a few days, a few months, or perhaps an entire school year? How can we overcome the preconceived notions that students and other educators may have about a historic event? How do we, as educators, unpack a complex topic and make it relatable to today's students? How do we talk about the lessons of history in a constructive and safe manner?
Educators will be immersed in a friendly, fun, and engaging virtual learning environment on the American Battlefield Trust's webinar platform. Learn more about the historical topics that you teach in the classroom while acquiring new and innovative teaching methods. Our Virtual Teacher Institute is more than just methodology, it's about making you a better, more well-rounded educator. We hope that you will leave the Institute with a better understanding of your subject matter and a passion for history education. At the conclusion of the event, educators will receive a certificate of attendance provided by the American Battlefield Trust.
Stanford History Education Group: Civic Online Reasoning: Sorting Fact from Fiction on the Internet
July 12-14, 2022
This institute will introduce participants to the Stanford History Education Group’s Civic Online Reasoning curriculum. Participants will learn strategies to help their students become more discerning consumers of information they encounter online.
This three-session institute will address the following topics:
Research behind the Civic Online Reasoning curriculum
Overview of Civic Online Reasoning curriculum design principles
Modeling strategies of professional fact checkers
Integrating online sources about current events into the curriculum
Assessing students’ ability to evaluate digital content
Each session will include opportunities to engage with Civic Online Reasoning materials as part of a large group and in small breakout groups. Participants will learn strategies for implementing these resources in their classrooms. Participants will receive a digital record of completion. Participants who complete the course and assigned homework will be eligible for 1 CEU, issued by the Stanford Center for Professional Development.
National Council for History Education: Rural Experience in America Part C
July 16-17, 2022
Deadline to Apply: June 1, 2022.
The National Council for History Education announces a new professional learning opportunity that brings together public history and civic action. In this unique grant experience, 15 teachers (preference will be given to K-12 teachers in rural schools) will be selected to travel to the University of Oklahoma along with their community partners on July 16 – 17, 2022. During this two-day learning experience, teachers and community partners will build civic connections and develop a plan for their students to create a public history project in their own community. In addition, there will also be some planned tours for seeing firsthand public history in action. Teachers will receive a $750 stipend to defray travel costs and up to $750 to support their community project. The deadline for applications will be Wednesday, June 1, 2022. For application consideration, teachers must have completed the Online Colloquia (Part B). Contact Regina Holland at email@example.com for more information.
Guardians of Democracy: Training Course on Facilitating Current and Controversial Issues Discussions
Sept 12-Oct 21, 2022
This course builds upon the content of the CIVICS Bronze Badge I- CCID course that provided an understanding of the purpose, role, and function of discussion strategies as pedagogical tools to equip young people with the knowledge, dispositions, and skills to be “Guardians of Democracy” across the curriculum. This course enhances the practice of educators with additional strategies and resources to create a classroom climate in which there are equitable opportunities for ALL students to engage in dialogue about essential questions across the curriculum. Participants work synchronistically with course facilitators over 6 weeks, using Free For Teachers Canvas, to create, edit, implement and reflect on a lesson plan using a second strategy for discussion in the course. Participants create a Portfolio of Practice throughout the course in which they reflect on how the course content can enhance their craft. This is the second in a series of three courses on the use of current and controversial issue discussions in the classroom. Participants who complete all three courses and earn their bronze, silver and gold badges can apply for 3 graduate credits through the University of St. Francis for an additional fee and by completing a culminating assignment. Prerequisite- CIVICS Bronze Badge I - CCID A course syllabus can be accessed at https://guardiansofdemocracyteachers.org/ 15 PD hours.