CERG and UCR Extension are now offering a Specialized Study Program in Civic Education for the Digital Age. The online courses are designed for educators looking to increase their students' awareness and understanding of civic participation. Enrollees will discover methods for integrating high-quality civic media literacy learning that has practical application for their students. They will finish the courses with lesson plans demonstrating a critical approach to finding information and making informed decisions. The first course - titled Educating for Democracy - will run from January 28th through March 24th. The second course - titled Youth and Civic Media - will be offered in the spring in partnership with KQED (a leading public media outlet based in San Francisco, CA). Enrollees can take one or both courses to earn the certificate. To find out more information about the program, click here.
If you're nervous about facilitating political dialogue in the classroom, Structured Academic Controversy (SAC) is a helpful approach that "practices essential skills and dispositions needed to shift from political divide to discussion." Check out this blog post and new video for ideas.
The midterm elections may be over, but schools should continue to provide high quality civic learning opportunities for students year-round. After all, civic participation isn't just about voting! Read this blog post to learn about four approaches for the classroom.
It's only natural for youth to be hesitant about engaging in political discussions, but high school students are also soon-to-be voters. Neighborhood walkabouts help students "recognize that these issues are all around them." This blog post details how one teacher used the activity to contextualize political advocacy for her students.
Teaching Tolerance "Digital Literacy and Youth Civic Engagement"
with Erica Hodgin and Joe Kahne
About the Educating for Democracy Newsletter: This periodic newsletter highlights new resources that promote equitable civic education for the digital age and shares recently added materials to the Teaching Channel’s Educating for Democracy Deep Dive. If you are not already signed up to get this newsletter, you can do so here.