Panel Sessions & Workshops at a Glance
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3:40-4:40 PM Plenary Session
See details about keynote presentations HERE.
Student Perspectives on Civic and Character Education
Now it’s the students’ turn. How can social studies teachers make civics and civic life more relevant and engaging for them and their peers? What worked, what didn’t, what was missing, and how can it be improved to help students participate in the civic life of our community. We bring together students from different backgrounds to reflect on their experience with civics education and civic engagement and share perspectives on this year’s special conference topics (school culture, news literacy, and character education) and why and how they matter for civic identity.
William Shields, Social Studies Teacher, West Jordan Middle School and award-winning coach for We the People, a simulations program.
Innovative Approaches to Elementary Character and
Tufts University’s CIRCLE program, authors of The Republic Is Still at Risk, helps us understand the connection between SEL/character and civic learning: “To be successful in civic life and contribute to society, students must learn to understand and manage emotions, set and achieve positive goals, feel and show empathy for others, establish and maintain positive relationships, and make responsible decisions (CASEL definition of SEL in italics)…Students with better socioemotional skills are likely to be more ethical and effective citizens, and experiences with civic learning can boost SEL outcomes,”—a two-way street. Panelists from a range of contexts and perspectives address these connections and share powerful models for elementary teachers and schools.