Civic Learning Week National Forum

2024 and Beyond: Civic Learning as a Unifying Force

Tuesday, March 12, 2024 | George Washington University, Washington D.C.

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Featured Conversation

U.S. Supreme Court Justices Sonia Sotomayor and Amy Coney Barrett will join the Civic Learning Week National Forum on March 12, 2024, livestreamed from Washington, D.C. Showcasing the Justices’ shared commitment to high-quality civic education, the featured conversation will be moderated by Eric Liu, co-founder and CEO of Citizen University, and address student questions about the judicial system and civic engagement, as well as the Justices’ legal career paths. The discussion will highlight the civic knowledge, skills, and dispositions gained through civic education, and why civics is essential to sustaining and strengthening constitutional democracy in the United States.

Photo Credits: The Collection of the Supreme Court of the United States

Schedule of Events

Media and Public Affairs Building, George Washington University

8:00 a.m.

Registration and Breakfast | Art Gallery Lobby

9:00 a.m.

Opening Remarks | Jack Morton Auditorium

  • Louise Dubé, CEO, iCivics
9:15 a.m.

Research Talk

  • Joseph Kahne, Professor, Civic Engagement Research Group at the University of California Riverside
9:20 a.m.

Information Literacy: How Disinformation (including AI) Impacts Civic Learning and What We Can Do

The United States—its system of government, institutions, and guiding documents—have adapted to countless new and emerging technologies and the promise and peril that have come with each. This panel will explore our current moment and the implications of an increasingly digital democracy. From the perspective of investigative journalists, researchers, policy professionals, and students, this panel will explore both the impact of technology on civic learning and how civic learning must address our current and emerging reality, including mis- and dis-information and artificial intelligence.

  • Moderator: Tiffany Hsu, Reporter, The New York Times
  • Shawn Healy, Senior Director, Policy and Advocacy, iCivics
  • Vivian Elisa Shepherd-Mayen, Student, Stanford University; Fellow, Ronald Reagan Institute Civic Leadership Program
  • Erin Texeira, Senior Editor, FRONTLINE
  • Sam Wineburg, Margaret Jacks Professor of Education, Emeritus, Stanford University; Co-Principal, Digital Inquiry Group
9:55 a.m.

Research Talk

  • Ashley Woo, Assistant Policy Researcher, RAND Corporation
10:00 a.m.

Bridging the Divide: Overcoming Political Polarization Through Investment in Civic Learning

A decade ago, the Pew Research Center first released data showing a growing ideological divide in the United States that manifested itself in deep partisan antipathy that affected politics, compromise, and everyday life. In myriad ways, that divide has deepened, while also becoming a self-fulfilling prophecy with a perception gap too often determining one’s reality regarding those holding differing views. All of this has a profound effect on civic learning, from K–12 through college and beyond, while this same civic learning also holds the promise of being a unifying force that can help overcome political polarization. Hear from civic educators on the ground about their experiences with polarization in schools, on campus, and in the community, and explore tangible ways investment in civic learning—particularly that aligned with Educating for American Democracy—offers a path forward.

  • Moderator: Danielle Allen, James Bryant Conant University Professor, Harvard University
  • Thomas Dolphin, Educator, Middle School Civics, Boston Public Schools
  • Aimee Rogstad Guidera, Secretary of Education, Commonwealth of Virginia
  • Nathan McAlister, Humanities Program Manager – History, Government, and Social Studies, Library, World Languages, and Financial Literacy, Kansas State Department of Education
  • Laurie Patton, President, Middlebury College
10:40 a.m.

Break

10:55 a.m.

Research Talk

  • Noorya Hayat, Senior Researcher, CIRCLE, Tisch College, TUFTS
11:00 a.m.

Elections as a Teachable Moment: Teaching Civic Education During the 2024 Elections—Can It Be Done?

What was once a primed “teachable moment” to engage our kids in civics—a current presidential election—has become a fraught endeavor over the past few election cycles. This panel will explore how we can provide the kind of factual and relevant information students at the K–12 and collegiate levels deserve while ensuring educators are supported in these efforts.

  • Moderator: Michael Feuer, Dean and Professor of Education, The Graduate School of Education and Human Development, The George Washington University
  • Rashid Duroseau, Civics Program Director, Democracy Prep Public Schools
  • Trent Eilander, Student, University of Iowa; Civic Leaders Fellow, Ronald Reagan Institute
  • Lawrence Staten, Chair, History Department, Washington Latin Public Charter School
  • Jonathan Zimmerman, Professor of History of Education, University of Pennsylvania Graduate School of Education
11:30 a.m.

Research Talk

  • Dan Vallone, US Director, More in Common
11:35 a.m.

Reflections and Look Ahead

  • Rajiv Vinnakota, President, The Institute for Citizens and Scholars

University Student Center, George Washington University

11:45 a.m.

Lunch Break | Continental Ballroom

12:45 p.m.

Doors Open for Security Screening | Betts Theatre

1:00 p.m.

Justices’ Welcome

  • Christopher Alan Bracey, Provost and and Executive Vice President for Academic Affairs, George Washington University
  • Geri Mannion, Managing Director, Strengthening U.S. Democracy and the Special Opportunities Fund, Carnegie Corporation of New York
1:15 p.m.

Featured Conversation with U.S. Supreme Court Justices Sonia Sotomayor and Amy Coney Barrett

Showcasing the Justices’ shared commitment to high-quality civic education, the featured conversation will be moderated by Eric Liu, co-founder and CEO of Citizen University, and address student questions about the judicial system and civic engagement, as well as the Justices’ legal career paths. The discussion will highlight the civic knowledge, skills, and dispositions gained through civic education, and why civics is essential to sustaining and strengthening constitutional democracy in the United States.

2:15 p.m.

Wrap-up and Continued Discussions

  • Shelly Lowe, Chair, National Endowment for the Humanities
  • Louise Dubé, CEO, iCivics
2:30 p.m.

Break

2:45 p.m.

Concurrent Breakouts | Amphitheater, Classroom 307-310, Classroom 403

4:30 p.m.

Adjourn at George Washington University

Rotunda and McGowan Theater, National Archives

6:30 p.m.

Reception

7:30 p.m.

Fireside Chat with the Archivist of the United States and the United States Secretary of Education

In celebration of the second annual national Civic Learning Week, join us for an evening with the Archivist of the United States Dr. Colleen Shogan in a fireside chat conversation with U.S. Secretary of Education Dr. Miguel A. Cardona. The evening will highlight the importance of civics and history education for every student in order to sustain and strengthen our constitutional democracy. The program will include a reception with light refreshments, sponsored by iCivics and the National Archives Foundation.

8:30 p.m.

Adjourn

Ticketing

In-person tickets to the National Forum are available on a first-come, first-served basis. Please review the FAQs for more information on the event. Contact us at CLW@icivics.org if you have any questions.

Ticket Type Description
General Admission Admission to all activities for Civic Learning Week National Forum from 8:00 a.m.–4:30 p.m. Ticket includes admission to panel discussions and breakout sessions on three key topics: Information Literacy; Bridging the Divide; and Elections as a Teachable Moment. In addition, the program will feature talks with researchers on the latest civic education data, service-learning and out-of-school civic education, and Educating for American Democracy inquiry-based pedagogy. Ticket also includes a guaranteed seat for the Featured Conversation with U.S. Supreme Court Justices Sonia Sotomayor and Amy Coney Barrett.
Featured Conversation ONLY Admission to the Featured Conversation with U.S. Supreme Court Justices Sonia Sotomayor and Amy Coney Barrett from 1:00–2:30 p.m. only.
Reception ONLY Admission to the Reception at the National Archives Rotunda from 6:30-8:30 p.m. featuring a fireside chat with the Archivist of the United States Dr. Colleen Shogan and the United States Secretary of Education Dr. Miguel A. Cardona. The evening will highlight the importance of civic and history education for every student in order to sustain and strengthen our constitutional democracy.
Livestream ONLY Virtual admission to all plenary sessions including panel discussions, Featured Conversation with U.S. Supreme Court Justices Sonia Sotomayor and Amy Coney Barrett, and fireside chat with the Archivist of the United States Dr. Colleen Shogan and the United States Secretary of Education Dr. Miguel A. Cardona.

Speaker Biographies

Feature Speaker: Associate Justice Sonia Sotomayor

U.S. Supreme Court Associate Justice

Sonia Sotomayor, Associate Justice, was born in Bronx, New York, on June 25, 1954. She earned a B.A. in 1976 from Princeton University, graduating summa cum laude and a member of Phi Beta Kappa and receiving the Pyne Prize, the highest academic honor Princeton awards to an undergraduate. In 1979, she earned a J.D. from Yale Law School where she served as an editor of the Yale Law Journal. She served as Assistant District Attorney in the New York County District Attorney’s Office from 1979–1984. She then litigated international commercial matters in New York City at Pavia & Harcourt, where she served as an associate and then partner from 1984–1992. In 1991, President George H.W. Bush nominated her to the U.S. District Court, Southern District of New York, and she served in that role from 1992–1998. In 1997, she was nominated by President Bill Clinton to the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Second Circuit where she served from 1998–2009. President Barack Obama nominated her as an Associate Justice of the Supreme Court on May 26, 2009, and she assumed this role August 8, 2009.

Featured Speaker: Associate Justice Amy Coney Barrett

U.S. Supreme Court Associate Justice

Amy Coney Barrett, Associate Justice, was born in New Orleans, Louisiana, on January 28, 1972. She married Jesse M. Barrett in 1999, and they have seven children – Emma, Vivian, Tess, John Peter, Liam, Juliet, and Benjamin. She received a B.A. from Rhodes College in 1994 and a J.D. from Notre Dame Law School in 1997. She served as a law clerk for Judge Laurence H. Silberman of the U.S. Court of Appeals for the D.C. Circuit from 1997 to 1998, and for Justice Antonin Scalia of the Supreme Court of the United States during the 1998 Term. After two years in private law practice in Washington, D.C., she became a law professor, joining the faculty of Notre Dame Law School in 2002. She was appointed a Judge of the United States Court of Appeals for the Seventh Circuit in 2017. President Donald J. Trump nominated her as an Associate Justice of the Supreme Court, and she took her seat on October 27, 2020.

Danielle Allen

Danielle Allen

James Bryant Conant University Professor, Harvard University

Danielle Allen is a professor of political philosophy, ethics, and public policy. She is also a seasoned nonprofit leader, democracy advocate, tech ethicist, distinguished author, and mom.

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Danielle’s work to make the world better for young people has taken her from teaching college and leading a $60 million university division to driving change at the helm of a $6 billion foundation, writing as a national opinion columnist, advocating for cannabis legalization, public health policy, democracy renovation, civic education, and sound governance of and with new technology. During the height of COVID in 2020, Danielle’s leadership in rallying coalitions and building solutions resulted in the country’s first-ever Roadmap to Pandemic Resilience; her policies were adopted in federal legislation and a presidential executive order. She was the 2020 winner of the Library of Congress’ Kluge Prize, which recognizes scholarly achievement in the disciplines not covered by the Nobel Prize. She received the Prize “for her internationally recognized scholarship in political theory and her commitment to improving democratic practice and civics education.” She was a lead author on the Roadmap to Educating for American Democracy, a framework for securing excellence in history and civic education for all learners, K-12, released in 2021. During 2020 to 2022, Danielle ran for governor of Massachusetts, making history as the first Black woman ever to run for statewide office in Massachusetts.

A past chair of the Mellon Foundation and Pulitzer Prize Board, she is a member of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences and American Philosophical Society. As a scholar, she currently concentrates on the GETTING-Plurality research network (focused on tech governance and AI ethics); the Democratic Knowledge Project and Justice, Health, and Democracy Impact Initiative, housed at the Safra Center; on the Allen Lab for Democracy Renovation, housed at Harvard’s Ash Center; and on the Our Common Purpose Commission at the American Academy of Arts and Sciences. Learning from the natural sciences, she has built a lab to extend the impact of work in the humanities and social sciences.

Her many books include the widely acclaimed Our Declaration: A reading of the Declaration of Independence in defense of equality; Cuz: The Life and Times of Michael A.; Democracy in the Time of Coronavirus; and Justice by Means of Democracy. Her many edited volumes include From Voice to Influence: Understanding citizenship in a digital ageand A Political Economy of Justice. She writes a column on constitutional democracy for The Washington Post.

Outside the university, Danielle is founder and president of Partners In Democracy, where she continues to advocate for democracy reform to create greater voice and access in our democracy, and drive progress toward a new social contract that serves and includes us all. She also serves on the boards of the Massachusetts Board of Higher Education, Cambridge Health Alliance, New America, FairVote, and the Democracy Fund. For more, check out Danielle’s personal website.

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Christopher Alan Bracey

Provost and Executive Vice President for Academic Affairs, George Washington University

Christopher Alan Bracey is an internationally recognized expert who teaches and researches in the areas of the legal history of U.S. race relations, constitutional law, criminal procedure, civil procedure, and civil rights.

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A magna cum laude and Phi Beta Kappa graduate of the University of North Carolina, Provost Bracey received his law degree from Harvard Law School, where he served as a supervising editor on the Harvard Law Review, a general editor on the Harvard Civil Rights–Civil Liberties Law Review, and an editor on the Harvard Blackletter Law Journal. He clerked for the Honorable Royce C. Lamberth of the U.S. District Court for the District of Columbia, and subsequently joined the Washington, DC, Office of Jenner & Block, where he litigated a variety of civil and criminal matters.

Provost Bracey previously taught at Northwestern University School of Law and Washington University School of Law before joining the GW Law faculty in 2008. He previously served as senior associate dean and interim dean of GW Law, as well as vice provost for faculty affairs.

Provost Bracey has delivered lectures and presentations on a variety of topics involving race relations, constitutional rights, and celebrity trials, as well as general criminal justice matters and U.S. politics. He has been interviewed and featured in several hundred media articles and broadcasts, including The New York Times, Washington Post, Chicago Tribune, USA Today, Salon Magazine, Atlantic Monthly, Essence Magazine, ABC, CBS, NBC, MSNBC, Fox News, CNN, BBC, and NPR. He is the author of Saviors or Sellouts: The Promise and Peril of Black Conservatism, from Booker T. Washington to Condoleezza Rice (Beacon Press 2008) and co-author of The Dred Scott Case: Historical and Contemporary Perspectives (Ohio University Press 2009). His articles and essays have appeared in a number of leading law reviews, including Northwestern University Law Review, University of Southern California Law Review, Yale Law Journal Pocket Part, University of Pennsylvania Journal of Constitutional Law, Journal of Law and Criminology, and Alabama Law Review, among others.

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Thomas Dolphin

Educator, Middle School Civics, Boston Public Schools

Thomas Dolphin is a middle school civics teacher at the Henderson K–12 Inclusion School in Boston. Over the past 13 years, Thomas has engaged with thousands of students ranging in age from 11–19 years old. He has taught at both the middle and high school levels in Boston Public Schools, teaching U.S. & World History, Humanities, ELA, and Social Studies. A focus on individual rights and freedoms has long been a part of his curricula.

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A New Hampshire native, Thomas moved to Massachusetts to pursue his teaching degree. He graduated magna cum laude from Lesley University in 2011 and earned his Masters in Education in Curriculum and Instruction from Fitchburg State University in 2020. Thomas has spent three of the last four years as a pilot educator for the Democratic Knowledge Project’s civics curriculum.

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Louise Dube

Louise Dubé

CEO, iCivics

Louise Dubé serves as the Executive Director of iCivics which, as the largest civic education provider in the nation, both champions and re-imagines civic education for American democracy. iCivics is the winner of many awards including the 2018 National Civvys American Civic Collaboration Award from Bridge Alliance; Fast Company’s 2017 Top 10 Most Innovative Education Companies; and the John D. and Catherine T. MacArthur Foundation’s Award for Creative and Effective Institutions.

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Previously, Louise served as Managing Director of Digital Learning at WGBH where she helped launch PBS Learning Media, a platform reaching more than 1.5 million educators. Before WGBH, Louise had a successful career in educational publishing and instructional technology for more than 20 years. In the early 1990s, Louise served as a co-founder of CASES, a New York alternative-to-incarceration program where education helps reshape lives.

Louise is the winner of the 2017 People’s Voice award from the Diller-von Furstenberg Family Foundation, and was also recognized as a 2019 Donaldson Fellow by the Yale School of Management. She began her career as an attorney in Montreal, Canada, and holds a law degree from McGill University, as well as an MBA from Yale University.

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Rashid Duroseau

Civics Program Director, Democracy Prep Public Schools

Rashid Duroseau is the Civics Program Director at Democracy Prep Public Schools—a national network of charter schools founded with the explicit mission of preparing the next generation of changemakers. In his role, he coordinates community engagement experiences and K-12 nonpartisan civic education curricular materials for over 7,000 children and 900 adult staff members. A graduate of Williams College and the University of Pennsylvania Graduate School of Education, Rashid began his career as a Teach for America Corps Member in West Philadelphia. He is a lifelong learner who strives to contribute meaningfully to the work of helping young people find their power to build a more empathetic and interconnected world.

Trenton Eilander

Student, University of Iowa; Civic Leaders Fellow, Ronald Reagan Institute

Trenton Eilander was born and raised in Newton, Iowa. From a young age, he has believed in the importance of character and service to others. Trent is extremely passionate about Iowa’s agriculture industry, and he served in the Iowa FFA’s South Central District during his second year in college as their president and as State Vice President.

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Trent decided to become more involved in politics after meeting the Governor of Iowa, in whose office he later interned. Afterwards, he was recruited to be a Field Organizer during the 2022 election season. Trent supported candidates in three Iowa counties and attended regular and special party meetings in all three counties. During the 90th Iowa General Assembly, Trent accepted a position as Double Clerk to offer administrative support for two Iowa House Representatives.

Trent is currently enrolled at the University of Iowa with an emphasis in Political Science and is inspired now to dedicate his talents to public service. He is participating in the Reagan Institute Civic Leaders Fellowship to honor the memory of President Reagan and contribute to President Reagan’s vision of inspiring youth to create a positive future for the nation.

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Michael Feuer

Dean and Professor of Education, The Graduate School of Education and Human Development, The George Washington University

Past president of the National Academy of Education and a nonresident senior fellow at the Brookings Institution, Michael Feuer came to George Washington University in 2010 after a 17-year tenure in leadership roles at the National Academies of Sciences, Engineering, and Medicine. Previously Feuer was senior analyst and project director at the U.S. Congress Office of Technology Assessment. He was appointed by President Obama in 2014 to the National Board for Education Sciences, and is an elected Fellow of the American Association for the Advancement of Science and of the American Educational Research Association.

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Feuer’s research has focused on the economics of education, international comparative assessments, teacher preparation, inequality and academic opportunity, science policy, use of research to inform policy, philanthropy, and civics education. In addition to many edited volumes and journal articles, Feuer is the author of Moderating the Debate: Rationality and the Promise of American Education (2006) abd The Rising Price of Objectivity: Philanthropy, Government, and the Future of Education Research (2016), both published by Harvard Education Press. His third book, Can Schools Save Democracy? Civic Education and the Common Good, was published by Johns Hopkins University Press in November 2023.

Feuer’s essays, commentaries, book reviews, and poems have appeared in newspapers, blogs, and magazines in the US and abroad. Recent essays have addressed the role of social science in pandemic models, risk assessment, and the condition of education in the West Bank and Gaza. He consults to governments and research organizations in Europe, Israel, and elsewhere. He is also the host of the education podcast, EdFix.

Feuer received his B.A. in English from Queens College (CUNY), an M.A. in public management from the Wharton School, and a Ph.D. in public policy from the University of Pennsylvania. He has been on the faculty of Drexel University and Georgetown. He lives in Washington, D.C., with his wife Regine, a physician certified in both ob-gyn and addiction medicine. The Feuers have two grown children.

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Aimee Guidera

Secretary of Education, Commonwealth of Virginia

Aimee Rogstad Guidera was named Secretary of Education by Governor Glenn Youngkin in December 2021. In this Cabinet position, she oversees education from Pre-K through Postsecondary in the Commonwealth of Virginia.

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Before joining the Youngkin Administration, Aimee was a strategic consultant helping states, foundations, companies and nonprofit organizations strengthen their efforts to improve student learning and outcomes. Prior to launching her consultancy, Aimee was Founder, President and CEO of the Data Quality Campaign (DQC), a national, nonprofit advocacy organization leading the effort to ensure that students, parents, educators, and policymakers have the right information to guide their actions so that every student can excel.

A respected thought leader in education, Aimee was named one of TIME’s 12 Education Activists of 2012. She has also been cited as an expert on education policy and the value of education data by publications such as Business Week, NPR, and Education Week. Aimee is a Pahara-Aspen Education Fellow, American Enterprise Institute Fellow, and an alumna of the Institute for Educational Leadership’s Education Policy Fellowship Program. She has served on the board of directors of the American Succeeds, Institute for Educational Leadership, Policy Innovators in Education Network, the Friends of the Hennepin County Library, Minnesota Comeback, Conservative Leaders for Education, and on the advisory board for the Center for Education Policy Research at Harvard.

Before founding DQC, Aimee served as the director of the Washington, D.C., office of the National Center for Educational Achievement. She previously served as vice president of programs for the National Alliance of Business (NAB), worked in the education division of the National Governors Association’s Center for Best Practices, and taught for the Japanese Ministry of Education.

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Noorya Hayat

Senior Researcher, CIRCLE, Tisch College, TUFTS

Noorya Hayat joined CIRCLE as a researcher in January 2016. She works on projects that help promote civic learning and engagement in the K-12 education system and beyond, and she is interested in the intersection of education, both in formal and informal settings, and civic learning and awareness in youth, particularly from marginalized and diverse ethnic backgrounds. Noorya has experience working in the U.S. and abroad in teaching and educational research. Before joining CIRCLE, Noorya worked as an international researcher and coordinator in public health and nutrition awareness in the developing world. She has experience teaching and mentoring students from diverse backgrounds and grade levels, and worked as an early childhood educator in Boston.

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She holds an Ed.M. in international education policy from the Harvard Graduate School of Education with a focus towards global education and citizenship for the 21st century, monitoring and evaluation for improving education systems, and applied data analysis. She also has a background in economics and anthropology. Noorya is passionately interested in narrowing gaps in civic education, awareness, and life-opportunities for underresourced communities by providing evidence-backed research for decision-making and policies.

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Shawn Healy

Senior Director, Policy and Advocacy, iCivics

Shawn Healy leads iCivics’ state and federal policy and advocacy work through the CivXNow Coalition and oversees civic education campaigns in several key states. He plays an active role in recruiting supporters to fund policy, advocacy, and implementation efforts nationwide to ensure impact.

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Healy chaired the Illinois Task Force on Civic Education in 2014 and later led separate, successful legislative campaigns for a required civics course in Illinois in middle and high school, respectively. He also led the Illinois Social Science Standards Task Force. Its recommendations were adopted by the Illinois State Board of Education in 2015.

Healy makes regular appearances as a guest speaker and panelist at academic and professional development conferences across the country, is a frequent contributor to local and national media, and produces original scholarship in the area of political participation and civic education. Healy also serves as an adjunct professor in Public Policy at the University of Illinois at Chicago and is a Serve Illinois Commissioner.

Before joining iCivics, Healy worked for fifteen years at the Robert R. McCormick Foundation in various capacities, most recently serving as Democracy Program Director. He began his career as a social studies teacher at West Chicago Community High School (IL) and Sheboygan North High School (WI). A 2001 James Madison Fellow from the State of Wisconsin, he holds an M.A. and Ph.D. from the University of Illinois at Chicago in political science and earned a B.A. with distinction in Political Science, History and Secondary Education from the University of Wisconsin at Madison. His dissertation is titled, “Essential School Supports for Civic Learning.”

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Tiffany Hsu

Tiffany Hsu

Reporter, The New York Times

Tiffany Hsu is a technology reporter for The New York Times, covering misinformation and disinformation and its origins, movement and consequences. She writes about the quality of information and the many threats against shared facts. In her reporting, she follows false narratives, conspiracy theories, influence campaigns, deepfake forums and other sources of misleading or inaccurate content. The defense against such material—fact-checking, content moderation, media literacy, A.I. detection tools, regulatory intervention—also interests her. The disinformation economy is another coverage area.

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Her stories examine the crisis of misinformation in topics such as election integrity, climate change, geopolitical conflicts and more. She always wants to know more about why people believe what they believe, and how those beliefs can have repercussions.

Tiffany has been a journalist for more than two decades, most recently covering media before joining the disinformation team in 2022. She came to The Times in 2017 and was a business reporter for The Los Angeles Times for several years before that. She got her start at publications such as The Richmond Times-Dispatch, The San Francisco Bay Guardian and The Daily Californian (the student newspaper at the University of California, Berkeley).

Currently, Tiffany is based in Northern California. In 2022, she won a Mirror Award for work with Sheera Frenkel on false narratives about Covid vaccines. One day, she hopes to write about her great passion: fried chicken.

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Joseph Kahne

Joseph Kahne

Professor, Civic Engagement Research Group at the University of California Riverside

Joseph Kahne is the Ted and Jo Dutton Presidential Professor for Education Policy and Politics and Director of the Civic Engagement Research Group (CERG) at the University of California, Riverside. Professor Kahne’s research focuses on the influence of school practices and digital media on youth civic and political development. For example, with funding from the Institute of Educational Sciences (IES), and in partnership with scholars from Ohio State, Brown, and UCR, CERG has launched and is studying the impact of Connecting Classrooms to Congress (CCTC). CCTC is a social studies curricular unit that enables students to learn and deliberate about a controversial societal issue and then participate in an online townhall with their Member of Congress. In addition, Kahne and CERG are currently engaged in related studies of efforts to promote youth voice, lived civics, and a broad vision of social studies reform tied to the Educating for American Democracy Roadmap. This work takes place through partnerships with reformers and school districts in CA, IL, NM, OK, FL, and CO. In addition to studying the impact of these curricular experiences on young people’s civic development, with John Rogers, we are currently devoting particular attention to the politics of democratic education. We are examining ways the political contexts of school districts shape possibilities for educational reform and the varied ways educators respond.

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Professor Kahne was Chair of the MacArthur Foundation’s Youth and Participatory Politics Research Network. Kahne was a member of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences Commission on the Practice of Democratic Citizenship. He currently chairs the Educating for American Democracy Research Task Force. Professor Kahne is a member of the National Academy of Education and a Fellow of the American Educational Research Association. He can be reached at jkahne@ucr.edu and his work is available at https://www.civicsurvey.org/

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Eric Liu

Eric Liu

CEO and Co-Founder, Citizen University

Eric Liu is the co-founder and CEO of Citizen University, which works to build a culture of powerful and responsible citizenship in the United States. He is also the founding director of the Aspen Institute’s Citizenship & American Identity Program. Liu is the author of numerous acclaimed books, including most recently You’re More Powerful Than You Think: A Citizen’s Guide to Making Change Happen and Become America: Civic Sermons on Love, Responsibility, and Democracy — a New York Times New & Notable Book. He is featured in the PBS documentary American Creed and is a contributing writer at The Atlantic.

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Liu served as a White House speechwriter for President Bill Clinton and as the President’s deputy domestic policy adviser. He was later appointed by President Barack Obama to serve on the board of the Corporation for National and Community Service. In 2020, Liu was elected to the American Academy of Arts and Sciences, where he serves on its Trust and is co-chair of its Our Common Purpose commission on democratic citizenship. He is a graduate of Yale College and Harvard Law School, and a member of the Yale University Council. Liu and his family live in Seattle, where he has served on the boards of the Seattle Public Library and the Washington State Board of Education, and co-founded the Alliance for Gun Responsibility. His work as a civic innovator was recognized in 2020 with an Ashoka Fellowship.

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Shelly Lowe

Shelly Lowe

Chair of the National Endowment for the Humanities

Shelly C. Lowe is Chair of the National Endowment for the Humanities. Lowe is a citizen of the Navajo Nation and grew up on the Navajo Reservation in Ganado, Arizona. From 2015 to 2022 she served as a member of the National Council on the Humanities, the 26-member advisory body to NEH, an appointment she received from President Obama. Lowe’s career in higher education has included roles as Executive Director of the Harvard University Native American Program, Assistant Dean in the Yale College Dean’s Office, and Director of the Native American Cultural Center at Yale University. Prior to these positions, she spent six years as the Graduate Education Program Facilitator for the American Indian Studies Programs at the University of Arizona.

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Lowe has served in a variety of leadership roles nationally, most recently as a member of the University of Arizona Alumni Association Governing Board and of the Challenge Leadership Group for the MIT Solve Indigenous Communities Fellowship. She has served on the board of the National Indian Education Association and as a trustee on the board for the National Museum of the American Indian.

Lowe holds a Bachelor of Arts in Sociology, a Master of Arts in American Indian Studies, and has completed doctoral coursework in Higher Education from the University of Arizona.

Follow Chair Lowe on Twitter: @NEHchair

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Geri Mannion

Managing Director, Strengthening U.S. Democracy and the Special Opportunities Fund, Carnegie Corporation of New York

As managing director of Carnegie Corporation of New York’s Strengthening U.S. Democracy program, Geri Mannion brings a wealth of experience about the role of philanthropy in challenging, improving, and deepening civic dialogue. She has directed the program since 1998, after staffing the Corporation’s Special Projects program for almost 10 years. Previously, the Corporation’s grantmaking in civic participation was a subprogram within Special Projects. While the Corporation continues to support projects that focus on improving voter engagement among those least likely to vote, the Strengthening U.S. Democracy program focuses primarily on immigrant civic integration. Separately, Mannion continues to direct the Corporation’s Special Opportunities Fund, which is housed within the Office of the President. The fund allows the Corporation to respond to proposals that are important but not related to the foundation’s primary focus areas. These projects are few and often one-time-only grants.

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Active in professional organizations that work to advance and strengthen the philanthropic and nonprofit world, Mannion is a former cochair of the Funders’ Committee for Civic Participation, an affinity group of funders that encourages foundations to fund voter registration, voting rights, civic education and campaign finance reform. She remains an active participant in this organization. She is also a member of Grantmakers Concerned with Immigrants and Refugees. In 2009, Mannion, together with her colleague Taryn Higashi, received the Robert W. Scrivner Award for Creative Grantmaking, one of philanthropy’s highest honors, for founding the Four Freedoms Fund, a funder collaborative housed at NEO Philanthropy that works to increase capacity in immigrant communities at the state level. In 2010, she was named as one of the nonprofit sector’s top 50 leaders by the NonProfit Times. Since 2014, Mannion has chaired the Council on Foundations’ Scrivner Selection Committee.

Mannion holds a BA in English and an MA in political science, both from Fordham University.

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Nathan McAlister

Humanities Program Manager - History, Government, and Social Studies, Kansas State Department of Education

Prior to his time with the Kansas State Department of Education, Nathan taught middle and high school social studies for 24 years. In the classroom, his students created and led several civic and historical preservation projects. These include three pieces of Kansas legislation, an African American Civil War mural, and multiple National History Day and Lowell Milken for Unsung Heroes projects.

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In 2010, Nathan was named Kansas and National History Teacher of the Year by the Gilder Lehrman Institute for American History. Nathan has also been named a Gilder Lehrman Institute of American History, Master Teacher Fellow, Lowell Milken Center for Unsung Heroes, Fellow, and a George Washington Library, Lifeguard Teacher Fellow. He currently serves on the boards of several state and national organizations, including the Kansas Council for History Education, and the iCivics National Educators Network.

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Laurie Patton

President, Middlebury College

Laurie L. Patton is the 17th president of Middlebury, and the first woman to lead the institution in its 222-year history. Patton joined Middlebury in 2015 after serving as dean of Duke University’s Trinity College of Arts and Sciences and as the Robert F. Durden Professor of Religion. In her inaugural address, Patton described a vision of a Middlebury that would actively engage with the most challenging issues facing society and challenged the community “to have more and better arguments, with greater respect, stronger resilience, and deeper wisdom.”

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In 2022, under Patton’s leadership, Middlebury received a $25M grant to begin the Kathryn Wasserman Davis Collaborative in Conflict Transformation—the largest programmatic grant ever received in the College’s history. The initiative views the study and development of conflict transformation skills as a liberal art, and supports wide-ranging initiatives in high-school, undergraduate, graduate, global, and experiential learning, where students learn and practice different approaches to conflict management and resolution.

In 2020, her team launched the new residential learning program, Compass. Now in its pilot phase, Compass takes the core elements of Middlebury’s entrepreneurship programs, including a focus on mentorship, creativity, financial literacy, and networking, and makes them accessible to all students. Under her leadership in the pandemic year, Middlebury had one of the lowest rates of COVID-positive cases in the nation.

In 2019, she announced Energy2028, Middlebury’s bold plan to address the threat of climate change after its achievement of carbon neutrality in 2016. Energy2028 has put the institution on the path toward a complete shift to renewable energy.

In 2016 Patton launched Envisioning Middlebury, the planning effort that created a strategic framework to guide the institution over the coming decade. The plan was adopted by the trustees in October 2017.

Patton is an authority on South Asian history, culture, and religion, and religion in the public square. She is the author or editor of 10 books and more than 60 articles and has translated the classical Sanskrit text The Bhagavad Gita. She is also the author of three books of poems, most recently House Crossing in 2018 from Station Hill Press.

From 1996 to 2011, Patton served on the faculty and administration at Emory University, where she was the Charles Howard Candler Professor of Religions and the inaugural director of Emory’s Center for Faculty Development and Excellence in the Office of the Provost. Patton began her career at Bard College, where she was assistant professor of Asian religions from 1991 to 1996.

Patton earned her BA from Harvard University in 1983 and her PhD from the University of Chicago in 1991. She has served as president of the American Society for the Study of Religion in 2011, and the American Academy of Religion, made up of over 9,000 members, in 2019. She was elected to the American Academy of Arts and Sciences in 2018 in two categories: philosophy and religion, and educational leadership.

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Vivian Elisa Shepherd-Mayen

Student, Stanford University; Fellow, Ronald Reagan Institute Civic Leadership Program

Vivian is a second-year undergraduate student at Stanford University pursuing a degree in Public Policy with a concentration in Health Policy and a minor in International Relations. She is the oldest of three girls, and was born to and raised by an immigrant mother in Southern California.

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As a Latin, first-generation student, she is deeply invested in making impactful contributions to our society through policy, research, and community engagement. Currently, she is a Fellow of the Ronald Reagan Institute Civic Leadership Program. She also has experience in local legislation through her work at the Riverside Juvenile Courthouse and the Riverside County Office of Education and Civic Leadership. Additionally, Vivian’s work as an Eco-Tourism Researcher in Costa Rica has allowed her to understand the intricacies and significance of international Politics. She is committed to applying her knowledge and experiences toward shaping effective public policy and aims to do so through a professional career in policy advising.

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Colleen Shogan

Colleen Shogan

Archivist of the United States, National Archives

Colleen Shogan became the 11th Archivist of the United States in May 2023.

On August 3, 2022, President Joseph R. Biden nominated Dr. Colleen Shogan to be Archivist of the United States. The U.S. Senate confirmed Dr. Shogan on May 10, 2023, and she was sworn in as the 11th Archivist of the United States on May 17, 2023.

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Most recently, Dr. Shogan served as Senior Vice President and Director of the David M. Rubenstein Center at the White House Historical Association. She previously worked in the United States Senate and as a senior executive at the Library of Congress. Dr. Shogan was the Vice Chair of the Women’s Suffrage Centennial Commission and the Chair of the Board of Directors at the Women’s Suffrage National Monument Foundation. She taught at Georgetown University in the Government Department and moderated seminars for the Aspen Institute. She is the previous President of the National Capital Area Political Science Association and served on the American Political Science Association Council, the governing body of the organization. Her research focuses on the American Presidency, Presidential rhetoric, women in politics, and Congress.

A native of the Pittsburgh area, Dr. Shogan holds a BA in Political Science from Boston College and a Ph.D. in American Politics from Yale University, where she was a National Science Foundation Graduate Fellow. She is a member of Phi Beta Kappa, the Order of the Cross and Crown, and the Washington, D.C. Literary Society.

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Lawrence Staten

Lawrence Staten

Chair of the History Department, Washington Latin Public Charter School

Lawrence Staten has been a four-time nominee for The Gilder Lehrman National History Teacher of the Year Award and has been recognized as a master teacher by the Center for Education Reform and the Diana Davis Spencer Foundation.

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Outside of his classroom, Staten is currently partnering as an educational consultant with David Garrigus’s upcoming film, 1787: The American Constitution, and has previously moderated events for the Center for Education Reform’s “Why America?” events at the National Archives, the National Theater, and the Pentagon.

A graduate of Vanderbilt University with a Bachelor’s and Master’s degree in Political Science, Staten has designed Civics, Government, and U.S. History programs that have been implemented across his school network, including engaging lessons, curricula, and a living history classroom based on classical political texts such as Hammurabi’s Code, the Magna Carta, the Declaration of Independence, and the U.S. Constitution to explore the ideas, cultures, and civilizations that influenced the growth and development of the United States.

Before becoming a teacher, Staten worked for two campaigns and briefly served as a lobbyist for the American Astronomical Society.

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Erin Texeira

Senior Editor, FRONTLINE

Erin Texeira is a senior editor for FRONTLINE, leading the Local Journalism Initiative. During her 15-year newspaper career, she was an award-winning staff writer at The Associated Press, The Baltimore Sun, Newsday and Los Angeles Times. Her coverage focused on race, demographics and social justice movements. Texeira has also worked closely with several nonprofit organizations, including the Brooklyn Public Library. Born and raised in Southern California, she now lives in Brooklyn with her husband and two children.

Dan Vallone

Dan Vallone

US Director, More in Common

Prior to joining More in Common, Dan worked on education policy and innovation at the state and national level. Previously, Dan served six years active duty as an Army infantry officer, with one tour in Afghanistan. Dan graduated from West Point and earned an MA in Contemporary China from Nanyang Technological University in Singapore on a Fulbright Scholarship and an MBA from Harvard Business School. Dan lives in New York City.

Rajiv Vinnakota

Rajiv Vinnakota

President, Institute for Citizens and Scholars

A pioneering social entrepreneur, Rajiv Vinnakota serves as President of the Institute for Citizens & Scholars, leading its mission to cultivate the talent, ideas, and networks that develop lifelong, effective citizens. To that end, he works tirelessly to build relationships with the partners and sponsors without whom Citizens & Scholars could not succeed, while at the same time fostering a strong organizational culture focused on American civic values.

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Raj has dedicated his life to initiatives that help American citizens from all walks of life to become productive and engaged members of society. Early in his career, Raj co-founded the SEED Foundation, the nation’s first network of public, college-preparatory boarding schools for underserved children. The SEED schools were featured in both television and film, and Raj won multiple awards for his work with SEED, including Harvard University’s Innovation in American Government Award, Fast Company/Monitor Group’s Social Capitalist Award, and Oprah Winfrey’s Use Your Life Award. Raj continues to serve on the Board of Directors for SEED.

Before joining the Institute for Citizens and Scholars, Raj served as Executive Vice-President of the Aspen Institute. In this role, he launched and led the new Youth & Engagement Programs division devoted to youth leadership development, civic engagement, and opportunity.

Raj currently co-chairs the Civics and Civic Engagement Taskforce for the United States Congress Semiquincentennial Commission celebrating the 250th anniversary of the country’s founding. Raj also co-chairs the Civic Learning Pillar of the Partnership for American Democracy, a coalition of American leaders directing resources and attention toward efforts to save U.S. democracy, and serves on the advisory committee for Citizen Data.

He is the author of From Civic Education to a Civic Learning Ecosystem and has spoken on civic engagement to the Fordham Institute, Results for America, and the ASU GSV Summit. He regularly appears on media outlets such as NBC, CBS, and The Bulwark.

Raj grew up in Milwaukee, Wisconsin, the child of Indian immigrants who instilled in him the faith that a good education could open doors to great things. He graduated from Princeton University and is a recipient of Princeton’s Woodrow Wilson Award, the university’s highest honor for undergraduate alumni.

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Sam Wineburg

Margaret Jacks Professor of Education, Emeritus, Stanford University, Co-Principal, Digital Inquiry Group

Sam Wineburg is the founder of the Stanford History Education Group (SHEG), whose curriculum and assessments have been downloaded over 16 million times, making it one of the largest providers of free curriculum in the world. In January, SHEG spun out of Stanford to become the Digital Inquiry Group, a new nonprofit organization.

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Wineburg’s work focuses on how people judge the credibility of digital information, research that has been reported in The Wall Street Journal, The New York Times, The Washington Post, NPR, Time Magazine, BBC, and Die Zeit, and translated into dozens of languages. His research articles and opinion pieces have appeared in outlets as diverse as Cognitive Science, Journal of American History, Smithsonian Magazine, The New York Times, The Washington Post, USA Today and the Los Angeles Times.

His 2002 book, Historical Thinking and Other Unnatural Acts: Charting the Future of Teaching the Past, won the Frederic W. Ness Award from the Association of American Colleges and Universities for work that makes the most important contribution to the “improvement of Liberal Education and understanding the Liberal Arts.”

In 2015 he was inducted into the National Academy of Education, and in 2020 he was awarded UNESCO’s “Global Media and Information” prize. His latest book, with co-author Mike Caulfield, is titled Verified: How to Think Straight, Get Duped Less, and Make Better Decisions About What to Believe Online (University of Chicago Press, 2023).

Educated at Brown and Berkeley, he holds a doctorate in Psychological Studies in Education from Stanford University and an honorary doctorate from Sweden’s Umeå University.

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Ashley Woo

Assistant Policy Researcher, RAND Corporation

Ashley Woo (she/her) is an assistant policy researcher at RAND and a Ph.D. student at the Pardee RAND Graduate School. Her research interests include educational equity, supporting the learnings experiences of students from historically minoritized groups, educator recruitment and retention, the diversity of the educator workforce, social and emotional learning, and instructional systems that support teaching and learning.

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Her recent work at RAND has focused on the policies and practices that enhance educator well-being and retention, the characteristics of coherent instructional systems, and the impacts of political polarization on educators’ working conditions and instructional practices.

Prior to joining Pardee RAND, Woo was an elementary school teacher. She has a B.A. in political economy and a minor in public policy from the University of California, Berkeley.

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Jonathan Zimmerman

Professor of History of Education, University of Pennsylvania

A former Peace Corps volunteer and public school social studies teacher, Jonathan Zimmerman holds a Ph.D. in history from the Johns Hopkins University. His scholarship has focused broadly on the ways that different peoples have imagined and debated education across time and space. He has authored books about sex and alcohol education, history and religion in the curriculum, Americans who taught overseas, and historical memory in public schooling. His most recent work examines campus politics in the United States, the teaching of controversial issues in public schools, and the history of college teaching.

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Zimmerman’s academic work has appeared in the Journal of American History, the Teachers College Record, and History of Education Quarterly. He is also a columnist for the Philadelphia Inquirer and a frequent contributor to The New York Times, The Washington Post, The New York Review of Books, and other popular newspapers and magazines.

Zimmerman came to the Penn Graduate School of Education after 20 years at New York University, where he served as chair of the Department of Humanities and Social Sciences in NYU’s Steinhardt School of Culture, Education, and Human Development. Zimmerman received NYU’s Distinguished Teaching Award, its highest recognition for teaching. His former Ph.D. students have held positions at Carleton College, George Mason University, Brown University, and many other institutions.

Zimmerman has received book and article prizes from the American Educational Research Association, the Society for Historians of the Gilded Age and the Progressive Era, and the History of Education Society, where he served as president in 2009–2010. He is co-editor of the Histories of American Education book series at Cornell University Press and also of the History and Philosophy of Education series at the University of Chicago Press. He has received several research awards from the Spencer Foundation, which also supported a kickoff conference for his University of Chicago book series.

Zimmerman recently completed The Amateur Hour: A History of College Teaching in America, which was published by Johns Hopkins University Press in October 2020. Drawing upon student evaluations and other manuscript materials in dozens of university archives, the book provides our first in-depth examination of how undergraduate teaching practices in the United States took root and changed over time. He is also the author of Free Speech, and Why You Should Give a Damn (City of Light Press, April 2021), which features drawings by the Pulitzer Prize–winning cartoonist Signe Wilkinson. Most recently, Zimmerman published a revised 20th-anniversary edition of his 2002 book Whose America? Culture Wars in the Public Schools (University of Chicago Press, September 2022). The new edition examines debates over Critical Race Theory, the 1619 Project, and other contemporary conflicts over the school curriculum. Zimmerman is currently researching a book about how American schools and universities have experienced and addressed health epidemics over the past two centuries.

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Breakout Sessions

Beyond the Classroom Walls: Unveiling the Impact of Extracurricular Activities and Service-Learning in Civic Education

Delve into the dynamic world of civic education outside traditional school settings. Explore the effective implementation of two proven practices – organized hands-on service-learning and engaging extracurricular activities – and discover how they actively engage students in impactful civic learning. Join us to unlock the secrets of these practices and witness the transformative power they hold in shaping informed and engaged citizens.

Presenters: Amy Cohen, Assistant Vice Provost and Executive Director, Honey W Nashman Center for Civic Engagement and Public Service, George Washington University

Amy Meuers, Chief Executive Officer, National Youth Leadership Council

Rachel Talbert, Post Doctoral Fellow, Nashman Center, George Washington University

Elections as a Teachable Moment

Aiming to provide practical insights and strategies, panelists will share their expertise with educators looking to integrate the topic of elections into their teaching in an engaging and effective way. The session features a diverse group of educators, each bringing their unique perspective to the table relating to five key themes: Historical significance of elections and their role in democracy; local to global perspectives on election processes and their impact; differentiated techniques and strategies for teaching about elections across grade levels; inclusive teaching methods to ensure all students can learn about and engage with elections; and resources to prepare students for lifelong inquiry and informed civic action.

Presenters: Wesley Hedgepeth, President of National Council for the Social Studies, Collegiate School in Richmond, VA

Tiffany Mitchell Patterson, PhD, Manager, Social Studies, Content and Curriculum, District of Columbia Public Schools

Anne Walker, US Government Teacher in Fairfax County Public Schools, Secondary Teacher Representative, NCSS Board of Directors

Teaching Students to Sort Fact from Fiction on the Internet

Although young people have grown up with digital devices, they often struggle to evaluate the information that streams across their screens. Fortunately, there are evidence-based approaches to help them be better consumers of online information. Based on research with professional fact checkers and tested in classrooms across the country, these instructional approaches prepare students to effectively evaluate online content. During this interactive workshop, participants will consider the research behind the curricular materials, review sample lessons, and discuss how these resources can be integrated into civics classrooms.

Presenter: Joel Breakstone, Executive Director, Digital Inquiry Group

Bridging the Divide

Working together across ideological, political, demographic, and cultural divisions has never been easy, and it is getting harder. This session will equip participants with the mindset and key evidence-based tools to help them and their students bridge divides and solve tough problems together.

Presenters: Mariah Levinson, Convergence
Beth Miller, Convergence

Educating for American Democracy

Description forthcoming.

Presenters: Danielle Allen, Harvard University
Katie Giles, Harvard University

Research

Description forthcoming.

Presenters: Joe Kahne, CERG
Jessica Sutter, Institute for Citizens and Scholars

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