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Teaching Civics Through History: The Reconstruction Era and Today

Receive tools and resources to teach a civics elective using the history and legacy of Reconstruction to explore the dynamics of our democracy today. This seminar is full, applications are now closed.

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New York, NY

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Our multi-session professional learning series are designed for in-depth exploration of themes and topics that help educators strengthen their skills and competencies. Session information is included in the event details.

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This professional learning event will be led by Facing History staff. When you register, you will receive instructions for how to attend the event.

This event qualifies for CTLE (New York).

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Civics & Citizenship History Social Studies
Democracy & Civic Engagement
Civic Education

This seminar is full, applications are now closed.

How can history help our young people to be civically engaged and reflect on the importance of democracy and civil rights? This seminar will model our history-based approach to the teaching of civics and provide materials to support teaching a civics elective that uses our 3-week unit “The Reconstruction Era” as a case study. The seminar will also draw on our current events teaching resources to help educators explore the legacies of Reconstruction and make connections to issues our nation faces today. Finally, participants will explore civic participation projects as part of teaching civics as an elective. The seminar is designed to help educators who are preparing students for the New York Seal of Civic Readiness; however, any 6-12 educator who wants to teach civics through history or teach Reconstruction will find this to be a valuable professional learning experience. 

In this workshop you will:

  • Learn Facing History’s approach to teaching civics
  • Engage with the history of the Reconstruction Era as a case study
  • Engage with teaching materials designed to teach civics through history and current events
  • Explore Civic Action Projects as part of teaching civics

We will provide classroom-ready resources, including:

  • Access to the curriculum for the new civics elective: Pursuing Democracy: The Unfinished Work of Reconstruction
  • A copy of Facing History’s Reconstruction unit: The Reconstruction Era: The Fragility of Democracy
  • Access to Facing History’s Online Current Events Resource Collection

This workshop is intended for middle and high school educators interested in teaching a Civics Course or Elective, or Reconstruction.

This event will be hosted  in-person at the New-York Historical Society.

Address: 170 Central Park West, New York, NY 10024

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This event qualifies for CTLE (New York).

Participants receive 15 CTLE hours for attending this event.

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