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Civics-Related Professional Development, Events, and Meetings
Updated: January 24, 2023

Selections are tailored to the focus areas of the Utah Civic Learning Collaborative. 

Disclaimer: Posting resources or events/meetings below does not imply the resources or events are officially endorsed by the UCLC or its partners. 

Part 2 Follow Up Session on Informed Approaches to Academic Service Learning w/Mary Ellen Daneels

January 25, 2023

4:00-5:00 PM

info/Register: HERE

Last month's workshop with Mary Ellen Daneels and a panel of local and national experts ("Informed Approaches to Academic Service Learning and Civic Skill Building") generated so many important questions that the UCLC has decided to offer a special follow up session with Mary Ellen Daneels. Topics will include:

  1. Overview of Dec 7th Workshop and the helpful feedback we received from participants (5 min)

  2. Guidance from Mary Ellen on teachers' questions  (30 min)

    1. Summary of Empirical Studies & Data re-Effective Approaches to Academic Service Learning

    2. Breakdown of the process of setting up A-SL etc. and practical implementation steps

    3. Access to A-SL by Demographics/Geography:

      1. Age- + grade level-appropriateness

      2. Equity considerations

    4. Engaging Key Stakeholders/Partners:

      1. Admins and entire schools

      2. Parents

      3. Nonprofits

    5. Standards Alignment and Interdisciplinary Angles

  3. Q & A:  more questions (25 min)

News Literacy Project: Power in Art-Elevate Student Voice with Editorial Cartooning

January 25, 2023

5:00-6:00 (mtn)

info/Register: HERE

Support students to build news literacy skills and share their voice with the News Literacy Project and KQED. Join us to learn how students can analyze and create political cartoons to share their perspective about issues. Editorial cartooning, a powerful form of opinion journalism, has a long history in the United States, and draws on a rich visual vocabulary to communicate complex ideas in an accessible way. In this hands-on workshop, learn from renowned political cartoonist Lalo Alcaraz and educators who have done editorial cartooning with students. You’ll also explore the News Literacy Project’s Checkology lesson on editorial cartooning and get started creating your own cartoon. Then, find out how your students can publish their cartoons with KQED’s Political Cartooning Youth Media Challenge.

News Literacy Project: National NewsLitCamp: Trust and Credibility

January 27, 2023

ALL DAY

info/Register: HERE

The decline of the public’s trust in news media and major institutions has had a dramatic impact on civic life. As misinformation continues to spread online, and partisan divides in media trust widen – how we decide who to put our trust in and what to believe is critical to a functioning democracy. According to the Pew Research Center, teens and adults under 30 are now almost as likely to trust information from social media as they are to trust information from national news outlets. In a complex digital landscape where anyone can be an “expert,” the ability to identify signs of credibility is a vital skill.

NewsLitCamp: Trust and Credibility is a free, virtual led by journalists from NBCUniversal News Group and news literacy experts. It is designed to help educators teach students to analyze news and information with a skeptical — not cynical — eye. The professional learning will highlight:

  • What it means for news to inform us credibly.

  • How persuasion can and should be credible.

  • What it means for a source to be trustworthy.

Character.org: Building a Culture of Integrity at Your School

February 15, 2023

1:00-2:00 PM (mtn)

info/Register: HERE

This free 1-hour webinar will offer attendees the opportunity to learn how to create a culture of integrity in their classroom, school, and district. Dr. Debra Cohen, John Winthrop Wright Director of Ethical Education, will introduce a wide range of approaches, strategies, and practices that school leaders can immediately implement to equip all students to choose the harder right than the easier wrong. 

National Council for the Social Studies: The 1787 Prize Contest

Deadline for Entries:

March 31, 2023

due by 11:59 Hawaii time

info/Register: HERE

“The consent of the governed” is a foundational principle upon which our nation’s government is built. Indeed, the “just powers” of our 1787 Constitution were directly legitimized by ratification of the people in pathbreaking citizen conventions. Today, the freedoms we hold dear are embodied in rules and laws we democratically have a voice in crafting. The 1787 Prize brings those citizen voices back to center stage. It recognizes the best annual student essay on the subject of the U.S. Constitution’s past, present and future relevance by exploring how our written principles align with this vision of citizen engagement. 

The 1787 Prize is open to all high school students in grades 11-12. An essay may be submitted with up to three (3) student co-authors. There is a maximum of one (1) submission per high school.

Essay requirements are:

Between 1,000 - 2,500 words
Includes a footnote and bibliography
Incorporates a mix of primary and secondary sources 

For the inaugural prize year, two (2) awards will be announced in the amount of $2,500 each. The $2,500 prize amount will be split among any co-authors. 

Bill of Rights Institute: MyImpactChallenge, National Civic Engagement Contest is open! 

Deadline for Entries:

May 21, 2023

1:00-2:00 PM (mtn)

info/Details: HERE

MyImpact Challenge is a civic engagement contest hosted by the Bill of Rights Institute. The goal is simple: foster a robust understanding of citizenship and get students active in their communities!

Student service projects can win up to $10,000, with $40,000 in total prizes available to students and teachers. Every project that meets the entry guidelines will be rewarded with a digital Civic Achievement badge. 

Freedoms Foundation of Valley Forge: Frederick Douglass--Legacy  and Impact

June 18-23, 2023

Apply: HERE


Scholarships are available 

Dr.  Joseph Fornieri, professor at the Rochester Institute of Technology, will lead a dynamic week-long seminar dedicated to the life, leadership, and legacy of the abolitionist and civil rights crusader Frederick Douglass. We will trace Douglass’s evolving thought from antebellum Garrisonian abolitionist to political abolitionist during the Civil war to Civil Rights leader during and after Reconstruction.

Conversations will focus on a close reading of the substance and style of the primary sources of Douglass’s greatest speeches and writings including Narrative of the Life of a Slave, What to the Slave is the Fourth of July? The Constitution of the United States: Is it Pro-Slavery or Anti-Slavery? 

Freedoms Foundation of Valley Forge: New Teacher Institute on Constitutional History

June 25-30, 2023

Apply: HERE


Scholarships are available 

Designed for teachers within their five years of teaching, this program will provide six days of interactive and engaging sessions of classroom content topics and applications. Selected teachers will explore various topics of U.S. History such as Valley Forge, the Whiskey Rebellion, American Innovation, Captains of Industry/Robber Barons, Watergate, 9/11, and many more as they connect to the Constitution. Throughout the institute, participants will work in cohorts including 4 teachers and a veteran mentor teacher that has been exceptional in the classroom as well as making contributions to the profession outside of the classroom.

UVU Center for Constitutional Studies: Constitutional Literacy Institute 2023

June 26-30, 2023

Apply: HERE

Deadline:  Feb. 18 

The purpose of the Constitutional Literacy Institute (CLI) is to provide education, resources, and experiences for teachers to increase personal constitutional literacy and thereby help their students to do the same. The rising generation of citizens and leaders need a broad understanding of political thought and practices critical to the perpetuation of constitutional government, ordered liberty, and the rule of law. CLI is a tool for teachers to do just that. Instruction is provided by esteemed constitutional scholars from the Center for Constitutional Studies at UVU, Oxford University, and elsewhere. Participants will examine the U.S. Constitution through the lenses of history, law, economics, and public policy. Teacher attendees will increase their personal understanding of foundational principles and dispositions of America's founding and its roots in classical republicanism, the British enlightenment and common law, and the Protestant-Christian tradition.

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