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, PD sponsors are offering PD on demand. Selections below are tailored to the focus areas of the Utah Civic Learning Collaborative.
Disclaimer: Posting resources below does not imply the resources are officially endorsed by the UCLC or its partners.
Civics-Related Professional Development & Events
Updated: September 12, 2022
iCivics & Center for Civic Education: The Constitution EXPLAINED Virtual Launch Event
September 12, 2022
5:00 PM (mountain)
Join constitutional scholar and author Linda R. Monk; Julie Silverbrook, Senior Director of Partnerships and Constitutional Scholar in Residence at iCivics; Christopher R. Riano, President of the Center for Civic Education; and moderator Shelina Warren, a 2022 American Civic Education Teacher Award winner, for this introduction to "The Constitution EXPLAINED," an extensive and engaging new series of brief, 2- to 3-minute videos explaining key concepts of the U.S. Constitution and how the American system of government has changed since the founding period. Teachers will learn what the series is all about and how they can implement it in their upper elementary, middle, and high school classrooms during Constitution Day and Citizenship Week and throughout the year. A Q&A session will follow presentation of the videos.
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.
Hinckley Center, BYU: The Constitution Under Pressure--Lessons from Abraham Lincoln
(Constitution Week Lecture)
September 13, 2022
When confronted with our nation’s most severe constitutional crisis, how did Abraham Lincoln’s long-held approach to the United States Constitution change? How did Lincoln’s constitutional choices transform the document from a durable legal pact to a statement of transcendent national ideals? Are there lessons for our day from Lincoln’s transformative engagement with the Constitution?
If you are interested in a historically informed look at America’s founding document and its place in our society, join us next week as Harvard Law Professor Noah Feldman shares insights from his book, “The Broken Constitution: Lincoln, Slavery & The Refounding of America.”
All are welcome to attend the lecture in the third floor assembly hall. We are also streaming the lecture live online at livestream.byu.edu/feldmanlecture.
Retro Report & New Hampshire Public Radio: Teaching the Midterms Webinar
September 14, 2022
5:00-6:00 PM (mtn)
This hour long webinar will introduce educators to brand new, FREE resources for teaching about Midterm elections.
Street Law: Rule of Law Expert Panel (for students)
September 16, 2022 11:00 AM (mtn)
Celebrate Constitution Day by joining us on Sept. 16 for our live Rule of Law Expert Panel for students as part of our all-day Rule of Law for All Teach-in!
This expert panel will feature the following rule of law experts:
Scott Carlson, Associate Executive Director, Global Programs, American Bar Association
The Honorable Zia Faruqui, United States Magistrate Judge, United States District Court, District of Columbia
Fe LopezGaetke, Director of Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion, Law School Admission Council
Colleen Sinzdak, Assistant to the Solicitor General of the United States
Students are encouraged to submit their questions in advance or during the panel discussion by texting (240) 863-2406. Teachers will also be able to submit their students' questions to panelists live during the discussion.
Students should NOT register for this event. Teachers, please register for this event using this form, and then share the event link with your students. This event is only for students 13 years of age and older.
Utah Council for Citizen Diplomacy: International Youth Summit
September 24, 2022
10:00 AM-4:00 PM
Utah Council for Citizen Diplomacy welcomes’ Utah's youth and young adults, ages 14-32, to the International Youth Summit!
The 2022 theme of Rising Tides is a triple entendre to creating leaders through youth leadership, lifting all boats through diversity, equity, and inclusion, and discussing global threats of climate change and the Great Salt Lake. UCCD's International Youth Summit offers you unique opportunities to:
Connect With Businesses, Nonprofits, Elected Officials, & Innovative Individuals
Obtain New Tools, Resources, & Best Practices
Elevate Your Learning to the Next Level
Energize Your Passion For The Causes You Care About
Network With Experts & Influencers
Receive A Professional Headshot Photo