Schedule of Events
Registration and Refreshments
- Debra Steidel Wall, Acting Archivist of the United States, National Archives and Records Administration
- Louise Dubé, Executive Director, iCivics
Civic Education For a Plural Yet Shared Nation
Moderated by Danielle Allen, Director, Edmond J. Safra Center for Ethics at Harvard University
- Christina Grant, State Superintendent of Education, DC Office of the State Superintendent of Education
- Benjamin Klutsey, Director of the Program on Pluralism and Civil Exchange & Director of Academic Outreach, George Mason University Mercatus Center
- Dan Vallone, Director, More in Common USA
How do we define a deeper civic learning and development of a civic identity that goes beyond ideologies that threaten ever-increasing polarization? This panel will discuss recent data on perceptions around civic language; the resulting challenges that arise for providing high-quality civic education for each and every student in this nation; and the value in fostering pluralism and civil exchange.
What’s New in Research: Evidence and Impact of Civic Learning
Moderated by Nick Capodice and Hannah McCarthy, Co-Hosts, Civics 101 Podcast
- Joseph Kahne, Ted and Jo Dutton Presidential Professor for Education Policy and Politics; Co-Director of the Civic Engagement Research Group (CERG), University of California, Riverside
- Julia A. Kaufman, Senior Policy Researcher; Codirector, RAND American Educator Panels; Professor, Pardee RAND Graduate School
Hear from leading researchers about findings on the impact of civic learning across disciplines, how the political environment plays a role in schools, and what high-quality civic education looks like in practice. Panelists will also discuss what’s on the horizon for the field of civics, including additional infrastructure and research needs.
Why Civics Matters
- Brandon Short, New York Giants (2000-2003, 2006) & Carolina Panthers (2004-2005), National Football League, and All-American at Penn State University (1999)
Democracy Starts Here: Civics for All of US at the National Archives
- Lee Glazer, Director, Museum Programs Division, National Archives and Records Administration
A Dialogue about Civic Education with Students, Parents, and Educators
Moderated by Andrea Foggy-Paxton, Entrepreneur-in-Residence, Social Studies Accelerator@ EdLoC
- Tanisha Carpenter, Parent and Educator in Baltimore City, MD
- Amber Coleman-Mortley, Parent and Education Advocate
- Roman Messali, Student in Potomac, MD and Chair of Civics Unplugged Steering Committee
- Garvey Mortley, Student, Montgomery Virtual Academy/Walter Johnson High School in Bethesda, MD
- Sarah Rivera, Student in Fairfax County, VA and iCivics Equity in Civics Youth Fellow
- Neil Wrona, Educator at Howard County Public Schools in Howard County, MD
Polling data consistently tells us that people across the political spectrum see civic education as a key solution to current challenges we’re facing as a nation. But what does a high-quality civic education look like from the perspective of those most directly involved? Hear from students, parents, and teachers about the importance of civics in sustaining and strengthening our constitutional democracy.
Preparing Students for Digital Democracy: the Frontier of Information Literacy in K-12 Civic Education
Moderated by Crystal Patterson, President, Washington Media Group
- Yuval Levin, Founding and Current Editor, National Affairs; Director of Social, Cultural, and Constitutional Studies, American Enterprise Institute (AEI)
- Miriam Vogel, President and CEO, EqualAI
- Sam Wineburg, Margaret Jacks Professor of Education Emeritus, Stanford University
Many state laws now mandate the teaching of “media literacy” but exactly what skills students need for a digital democracy are often not clearly delineated. This panel will discuss how civic education can help students learn to identify mis- and dis-information and become responsible participants in a democratic society that involves continuous technological innovations, including artificial intelligence.
Call to Action: What do I do now?
- Shawn Healy, Senior Director of Policy and Advocacy, iCivics
- Rajiv Vinnakota, President, The Institute for Citizens & Scholars