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EIU Civics Grant

A Collaborative Project of the EIU Departments of HistoryPolitical Science, and Teaching, Learning & Foundations with


How Can We Create Safe Schools?

A Civic Engagement Forum for High School Students

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Eastern Illinois University
Thursday, April 4
8:30 AM - 2:30 PM

Your school is invited to send one or more teachers/administrators and up to ten students to engage in discussion of our essential question for the day: “how can we create safe schools?”

The day will begin with a morning panel of experts providing multiple viewpoints and perspectives on this question, followed by a working lunch where students will be guided through small group discussion and in creation of plans for informed action. The day will close with an afternoon session in which students are invited to present their plans and ideas to a selection of community leaders.

By participating in our forum, students will be walked through the stages of informed action (question, investigate, evaluate, action) that are part of the new Civics mandate and Illinois Learning Standards and to think about themselves as participants in our democracy and given some tools to make their voices heard. Additionally, they will have the chance to engage with their peers from other high schools.

Lunch will be provided to all attendees, and teachers/schools will be given $50 to go towards the cost of a substitute teacher or transportation. All sessions will be held at the Martin Luther King Jr. Union.

Registration closes on March 1, but slots will fill fast and space is limited!
Reserve up to 10 spaces for students per school at the following link

A full program will be sent out and posted on this page in early February.

Questions? Contact Bonnie Laughlin-Schultz, Social Science Teaching Coordinator, at

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