[Curriculum Directors] INFORMATION: Invitation to "A Place for All" Civics Education Conference, Request for Help Inviting Administrators and Stakeholders from your District

Collins, Jonathan Jonathan.Collins at schools.utah.gov
Tue May 8 14:54:04 MDT 2018


Curriculum Directors,


Please see the message below from Robert Austin regarding a Civics Education Conference in June.


Thank you,


Jon Collins

Administrative Secretary

Diana Suddreth, Teaching and Learning Director

Utah State Board of Education
250 E 500 S | PO Box 144200  | Salt Lake City, UT 84114-4200 |(: 801.538.7788 | 7: 801-538.7769 |* : jonathan.collins at schools.utah.gov<mailto:jonathan.collins at schools.utah.gov>

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Dear Curriculum Director:



It is my pleasure to invite you to attend A Place for All: Promoting Civic Identity and Character in Utah Schools.  This one-day conference is designed to strengthen civics education in Utah by giving teachers and stakeholders the skills, tools, and partnership opportunities necessary to deliver solid civic learning outcomes for Utah students.

Essential Details

When: June 26, 2018, 8:30 AM to 4:45 PM

Where: Salt Lake Community College South Town Campus, 1575 S. State St. SLC

Audience: K-12 teachers, administrators, stakeholders

Key Assumption: The idea is that whatever occurs that day will be a springboard for future work and innovative teaching.

If your schedule will allow, please register here:  https://goo.gl/forms/7CeS59vBVOG4yVor1

In addition, please forward this email to your principals and other administrators to encourage attendance.  There may be funds available to help offset transportation costs for educators.



Thanks for your help in making this conference a success!


Keynote Speakers

[cid:image005.jpg at 01D3E6D6.E1580BF0]Dr. Peter Levine is the Associate Dean for Research and Lincoln Filene Professor of Citizenship & Public Affairs in Tufts University's Jonathan M. Tisch College of Civic Life. Levine graduated from Yale in 1989 with a degree in philosophy. He studied philosophy at Oxford on a Rhodes Scholarship, receiving his doctorate in 1992. In the late 1990s, he was Deputy Director of the National Commission on Civic Renewal. Levine is the author of We are the Ones We have been Waiting for: The Promise of Civic Renewal in America (Oxford University Press, fall 2013), and the author or editor of eight other scholarly books on philosophy and politics and a novel. He has served on the boards or steering committees of AmericaSpeaks, Street Law Inc., the Newspaper Association of America Foundation, the Campaign for the Civic Mission of Schools, the Kettering Foundation, the American Bar Association Committee's for Public Education, the Paul J. Aicher Foundation, and the Deliberative Democracy Consortium.

[cid:image007.jpg at 01D3E6D6.E1580BF0]Peter Adams is the News Literacy Project’s senior vice president for education and is based in Chicago. Peter began his career in education as a classroom teacher in the New York City schools through Teach for America. He has also taught in the Chicago public schools and at Roosevelt University and Chicago City Colleges’ Wilbur Wright campus. In addition, he has worked with the New York City Teaching Fellows Program, with After School Matters and as an independent education consultant. Since joining NLP in 2009, he has coordinated classroom and after-school programs, served as Chicago program manager, worked on organizational strategy and developed NLP's digital program. He has also provided news literacy training and workshops to educators and others throughout the area. In January 2014 Peter became NLP’s senior vice president for educational programming, with primary responsibility for overseeing the classroom and digital programs and the curriculum and support materials.



[cid:image009.jpg at 01D3E6D6.E1580BF0]Dr. Steve Masyada is director of the Florida Joint Center for Citizenship (FJCC) at the Lou Frey Institute of Politics and Government. In this role, he directs FJCC in curriculum development, teacher professional development, and civic advocacy. He has written on the C3 Framework for elementary and EL students, as well as civic education in the post-9/11 era. Prior to becoming director, he spent time as a state level K-12 social studies consultant with the North Carolina Department of Public Instruction. He has also taught middle and high school social studies in North Carolina and Florida and is a proud veteran of the United States Air Force. Dr. Masyada earned his Ph.D. in Curriculum and Instruction from the University of Florida in 2013. He is married to Susie and is raising his nine-year old daughter Meghan as a proper Red Sox and Patriots fan with a passion for civics.



The conference also features...

·       Keynote address and official kick-off of a Centers of Excellence recognition program by Utah Lieutenant Governor Spencer Cox.

·       Breakout sessions focused on many of the core practices outlined in the Guardian of Democracy: Civic Mission of Schools<https://www.carnegie.org/publications/guardian-of-democracy-the-civic-mission-of-schools/> report...

o   Service Learning as Civic Learning: Dialogue with Nonprofit & Academic Partners

o   Multicultural Issues in Civics Education

o   Facilitating Discussion of Controversial Topics and Current and Historical Events

o   Simulations of Democratic Processes

o   Teaching News Literacy

o   Student Voices: Panel of Civically Engaged Students

·       A video tour of civics classrooms and innovative practices around Utah

·       Learning Networks and Tools (ex: Google Sheet for sharing lesson plans) for Utah civics and social studies teachers



Anticipated Learning Outcomes

Conference attendees will come away from the conference inspired to teach civics in more rigorous, effective, and engaging ways and with a better understanding of the following:

·       Promising practices around Utah and the U.S.

·       Support from Utah leaders and community partners for more action-oriented civic teaching and learning

·       Supports and tools available for teachers to continuously strengthen their civic teaching pedagogy and practice

·       Options for learning networks--beyond the conference.

·       How they can safely facilitate classroom discussion of controversial topics

·       How they can compete for the 1st annual Centers of Excellence awards program



This conference is co-sponsored by the Utah Commission on Civic and Character Education, the Utah State Board of Education, and the Utah Council for the Social Studies.
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