Events & Professional Development Opportunities

The good news for civics educators, is that professional development (PD) opportunities are plentiful--not just in Utah but across the U.S. Even better: The Covid-19 pandemic 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. Below are selections  tailored to the focus areas of the Utah Civic Learning Collaborative (see below to submit other events we may have missed). 

Facing History & Ourselves @Home: Raising Ethical Children During Challenging Times

April 14, 2021

8:00-9:00 PM EDT

See details HERE

Join us for the first in a two-part series exploring the unique role parents and caregivers are playing for children in these challenging times, and how we can continue to foster resilience and growth in the young upstanders in our lives.

NewsLit Camp with the Wall Street Journal (Sponsored by The News Literacy Project)

June 3, 2021

8:30 AM-3:00 PM EST 

Register (free): HERE

Join the News Literacy Project (NLP), The Wall Street Journal and the New York City Department of Education on June 3 for NewsLitCamp, a national virtual teacher-centered day of professional learning featuring breakout sessions with journalists from the Wall Street Journal. This program is part of a series of NewsLitCamp events led by the News Literacy Project in collaboration with a diverse group of news organizations around the country.

American Legion Auxiliary Dept of Utah: Girls State 

June 7-11, 2021

deadline: March 31

Register: HERE

The American Legion Auxiliary (ALA) Girls State program is the country's premiere summer youth program designed to develop leadership and promote civic responsibility in young women.

ALA Utah Girls State began in 1946. The program epitomizes the ALA's mission to honor those who have brought us our freedom through our enduring commitment to develop young women as future leaders grounded in patriotism and Americanism.

Hidden in the Shadows of Democracy: Engaging and Teaching the Strength of Race and Difference (Bennion Teachers Workshop, Utah State University)

June 21-25, 2021


Register: HERE

Dr. Marisela Martinez-Cola, Assistant Professor in the Department of Sociology at Utah State University, will direct the workshop and will be joined by specialists to explore the ways to transform hard conversations about racism and difference into meaningful action.  


This will not be just another “diversity” workshop. The goal of this workshop is to deliver practical material for teachers and administrators alike to incorporate in their classrooms and institutions.  

Hinckley Institute (University of Utah) Huntsman Seminar in Constitutional Government

July 12-16, 2021

Apply: HERE

A 5-day summer seminar for teachers and administrators sponsored by The Huntsman Foundation to improve the quality of civic education in Utah schools. Participants gain valuable knowledge and insight into current events in American Politics by learning from and interacting with, political experts, judges, university faculty, and elected officials. Twenty-five to thirty teachers and administrators from Utah are selected for this fellowship worth more than $1,000. Participants receive graduate credit (3 hours of Political Science 6990) and all costs for tuition and supplies and ontribute a $50 enrollment fee.

CASEL: SEL Virtual Summit 2021 (Summit Focus: SEL & Civic Learning for Empowered Youth)

October 14, 2021

Pre-register: HERE

The Social & Emotional Learning (SEL) Exchange is a unique and timely national forum for those who are committed to creating caring, productive, and equitable schools and communities that develop the whole child and ensure that all students can thrive. With demand for SEL at an all-time high, now is the time to come together, share what we know, and anchor ourselves in advancing high-quality research, implementation practice, and policies.

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