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Empowered Civics Workshops, Oct. 21, 2016

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Enroll in the Empowered Civics Workshop Strands for Reimbursement of Your Conference Registration!

At this year's conference, we will host a concurrent workshop, "Empowered Civics," put on by the Constitutional Rights Foundation Chicago. Teachers who enrolll in and attend the workshop following the keynote will have their conference registration fee reimbursed, thanks to the generosity of the Constitutional Rights Foundation Chicago. This workshop is restricted to current, practicing secondary teachers.

If you would like to enroll in this concurrent workshop, please check that option as you register. Additionally, please email Bonnie Laughlin-Schultz at blaughlinschul@eiu.edu to be put on the Empowered Civics roster.

Want to know more about the workshop? See below.

 9:00-2:30 | October 21, 2016

Eastern Illinois University | Charleston, Illinois

Teaching with Controversial Public Issues in Your Classroom (9:00-10:00)

This session offers a working definition of controversial public issues and offers normative and standards-based rationales for using them when teaching. Session also features an activity that offers participants criteria and a process for selecting issues for the classroom.

Teaching Controversial Public Issues through Discussion (10:05-11:05)

Discussion and deliberation are key social studies strategies. This session introduces discussion and deliberation models to address issues from the upcoming election. Classroom-ready lessons, materials, and assessment options will be provided.

Civic Engagement through Public Policy (12:20-1:20)

Public policy is how government bodies address issues and solve problems in public life. It is also a key mechanism for social change. This session offers a working definition of public policy and a unit for exploring a key policy question in the upcoming election. Classroom-ready lessons, materials, and assessment options will be provided.

Using Simulations in Your Classroom (1:25-2:25)

Simulations enable students to learn about essential democratic institutions and processes. This session will feature a simulated school board hearing on a current controversial issue, offer models for other simulations, and address implementation challenges. Classroom-ready lessons, materials, and assessment options will be provided.

 This workshop is part of Empowered Civics: Best Practices for Illinois High Schools, a collaborative initiative of Constitutional Rights Foundation Chicago and Mikva Challenge. Major funding for Empowered Civics is provided by the Boeing Company.