The Power and Promise of Civic Education Today - Forum

February 6, 2019
The Power and Promise of Civic Education Today - Forum

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The Power and Promise of Civic Education Today - Forum

Forum (fo·rum) a place, meeting, or medium where ideas and views on a particular issue can be exchanged.

At this forum we invite educators, school leaders, and community members from across New England to examine the complex times we are living in.

How does change happen in society? What is the role of education in sustaining our democracy? How can civics education lead to civic engagement?

Join us in exploring these questions in the context of current events and Massachusetts' new focus on civic education. A keynote case discussion, led by Harvard Graduate School of Education Prof. Meira Levinson, will address the ethical dilemmas and hard choices teachers face in teaching civics in our times. Additional sessions will consider how studying topics like voting rights, civil discourse, and youth activism can empower young people to be active citizens.

Featured Speaker:  Professor Meira Levinson is a normative political philosopher who writes about civic education, multiculturalism, youth empowerment, and educational ethics. In doing so, she draws upon scholarship from multiple disciplines as well as her eight years of experience teaching in the Atlanta and Boston Public Schools. Her most recent books include the co-edited Making Civics Count (Harvard Education Press, 2012) and No Citizen Left Behind (Harvard University Press, 2012). The latter book shows how schools can help tackle a civic empowerment gap, and was awarded the Michael Harrington Award from the American Political Science Association, the Exemplary Research in Social Studies Award from the National Council for the Social Studies, and a Critics Choice Award from the American Educational Studies Association. It also won the 2014 North American Society for Social Philosophy Book Award.

In the forum, you will:

  • Have the opportunity to participate in whole group and small group discussions.
  • Learn about Facing History and Ourselves’ powerful framework for engaging  in a study of American history, literature, and civic life.
  • Participate in teaching strategies that build community in the classroom, sharpen students’ critical thinking, and develop their voices.
  • Acquire access to new primary and secondary sources.

Snow Day Reschedule: February 28th


Edward M. Kennedy Institute for the U.S. Senate
210 Morrissey Blvd
Boston, MA 02125
February 6, 2019
8:30 am - 3:30 pm

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