Safeguarding Democracy: Voting Rights and Political Access

February 1, 2020
Safeguarding Democracy: Voting Rights and Political Access

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Safeguarding Democracy: Voting Rights and Political Access

Despite Federal protections guaranteeing the right to vote to all eligible citizens, laws in many states have disproportionately restricted the ability of poor and minority voters to participate in the democratic process despite their eligibility. As we enter a general election year, we will examine the history of suffrage in the US and how political access has been both restricted and obtained. Participants will use resources from Facing History’s resource collections on Democracy and Civic Engagement, Race in the United States and selections of current scholarship on race and democracy. 

Facing History staff along with local activists, scholars, and educators will share ways to inspire students to use their power and voice to address the gaps between the ideals of American democracy and the lived realities of injustice. Our student-centered teaching strategies and historical case studies will help young people develop their skills in ethical reasoning, critical thinking, mutual respect, and civic engagement—all of which are critical for safeguarding democracy.


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We welcome humanities, English language arts, social studies teachers, as well as any administrators, counselors, and educators teaching grades 6-12 who are interested in engaging their students in civic participation.


After this workshop you will:

  • Gain access to a rich slate of educator resources, including units and lesson plans, study guides, and online tools which will support you as you implement Facing History into your classroom

  • Be able to borrow class sets of books and DVDs through our online lending library at no cost

This workshop qualifies for 6 professional development hours.

A light breakfast and lunch will be served. Please email [email protected] if you have any food allergies or intolerance.

Oakland, CA
February 1, 2020
9:00 am - 3:30 pm

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