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Educating for American Democracy Roadmap

Details: Civics education is a cross-partisan, popular issue-According to a survey by Frank Luntz, civic education polled higher than any other issue as having the greatest potential positive benefit on strengthening our national common identity. Responding to the question, ‘What would have the MOST positive and meaningful impact on strengthening the

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Services for Illinois Regional Offices of Education and

Details: The Illinois Civics Hub is here to support Regional Offices of Education and Intermediate Service Centers throughout the state of Illinois to prepare students for college, career, and civic life. The Illinois Civics Hub provides professional development opportunities as well as resources to support the implementation of the Illinois:

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Laws and Standards

Details: Social Studies Standards. Among the recommendations of the Illinois Task Force on Civic Education was a call for revisions to the current Illinois Social Science Standards, last updated in 1997, with guidance from the National Council for the Social Studies College, Career, and …

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A Roadmap for Educating for American Democracy Illinois

Details: Civic education plays an important role in “keeping” our republic and working towards a “more perfect union” as explained in the excerpt from the 2011 Guardian of Democracy: The Civic Mission of Schools report. Self-government requires far more than voting in elections every four years. It requires citizens who are informed and

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The Educating for American Democracy Roadmap

Details: Civics education plays an important role in equipping “we the people” to work toward a “more perfect union.” To support the civic mission of schools, more than 300 educators and scholars from across ideological and geographic boundaries worked for 17 months to create a framework for powerful civics and history instruction in K-12 schools.

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Using Constitutional Law to Understand Academic Freedom in

Details: The CivXNow Coalition has a number of resources related to best practices of civic education grounded in research and data. This past spring, Dr. Schwinn was a panelist on a webinar hosted by the UIC titled, A Faculty-Led Conversation about Academic Freedom in the Classroom hosted by the UIC Law Diversity, Equity & Inclusion Committee.

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Illinois Democracy Schools Advisory Council

Details: Wilson has been featured in Tes Education Magazine (United Kingdom), Dance Magazine, and various national and international webinars. Wilson is a teacher of Ballet, and Jazz at Chicago Movement Collective, resident choreographer for Her Story Theater, and Dance Artistic Director at Curie Metropolitan High School for the Performing and Technical

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Curriculum Toolkit

Details: Services for Illinois Regional Offices of Education and Intermediate Service Centers. Curriculum Toolkit. Safe and Reflective Classrooms. Current and Societal Issue Discussions. Direct Instruction on Democratic Institutions. Service Learning. Simulations of …

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Implementation Plan

Details: Standards Alignment. Each of the proven practices of civic education delineated in the bill has a direct alignment to other important school initiatives like the Common Core State Standards for English Language Arts, the Danielson Framework for Effective Teaching, the Illinois Social Science Standards, and 21st-Century Skills. Conduct a Civics Audit of Your Current Curriculum

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Democracy Schools

Details: Overview. A healthy democracy–one that truly thrives, not just survives—depends on the informed and active participation of all citizens. Although civic learning experiences have nearly vanished from many of our schools, the Illinois Democracy Schools Initiative supports a growing network of high schools that are committed to reversing this trend.

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List of Democracy Schools

Details: Glenbard North High School (2008) Carol Stream, Illinois. Contact: Kevin Coon. Glenbard South High School (2009) Glen Ellyn, Illinois. Contacts: Cynthia McManus, Ruben Rodriguez. Glenbard West High School (2012) Glen Ellyn, Illinois.

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Elements of Democracy Schools

Details: Elements of Democracy Schools. To sustain a school-wide commitment to civic learning, research identifies learning experiences and elements of organizational culture that need to be in place. These elements build upon research from the Illinois Civic Blueprint, 2nd edition and now embed a “Lived Civics” framework, which centers race, identity, and the lived experiences of young people as

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Anti-Racism for Parents

Details: Board of Education and the impact segregation has on all students Windows and Mirrors , Edutopia video on the importance of diverse texts and curriculum “Push Out” documentary uncovers the criminalization of black girls in schools

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Current and Controversial Issues

Details: Wheaton Warrenville South High School prides itself on offering rich civic learning experiences to its students. In Social Studies courses, students routinely research and …

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Supplemental Materials

Details: Teaching about voting and elections is an opportunity to engage students in the proven practices of civic education outlined in the 6-12th grade civics course requirements. IllinoisCivics.org has created a toolkit to provide resources and lesson plans to support this important work.

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Professional Development Calendar

Details: Gold Badge Courses-15 professional development credits from the DuPage Regional Office of Education OR 3 graduate credits from the University of St. Francis for an additional fee. 10/25-12/17/2021- Current and Controversial Issue Discussions- Gold Guardian Badge (Online) 10/25-12/17-2021- Simulations of Democratic Processes- Gold Guardian Badge

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Instructional Coaches

Details: Mary Jane Warden has been in education for 26 years, serving over the decades as a middle school social studies/Language Arts teacher, staff developer, and district-level technology director in Illinois. She found her inner geek when the Internet first hit the scene back in 1994 with a Museum in the Classroom grant integrating technology with

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Redistricting Toolkit

Details: Redistricting is a teachable moment for civics classrooms and an opportunity for students to engage in current and societal issue discussions, simulations of democratic processes, and informed action through service learning per the middle and high school civics course requirements in Illinois. This Redistricting Toolkit provides Illinois

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Media Literacy Toolkit

Details: Adobe Education Exchange: Access online courses and curricula to deepen your media-making skills and tap into your creativity, from learning about digital publishing to poster-making, Photoshop to storytelling, all using Adobe tools (free as well as paid).; Civic Education Research Group shares videos of students engaging in investigation and research as well as media to engage their voice and

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Show and Tell: Resources Aligned to the Proven Practices

Details: Show and Tell: Resources Aligned to the Proven Practices of Civic Education. This week, the Illinois Civics Hub (ICH) capped off our summer series with a “show and tell” from our Civics Instructional Coaches sharing their favorite resources aligned to the proven practices of civic education delineated in the 6-8 and 9-12 grade Illinois

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Do you REALLY want to hang that classroom poster

Details: One of the proven practices of civic education is the role of student voice in school governance. The Guardians of Democracy Report states, “A long tradition of research suggests that giving students more opportunities to participate in the management of their own classrooms and schools builds their civic skills and attitudes.”

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How school leaders can help educators navigate polarizing

Details: But I think education officials and individual educators need to decide for themselves when it’s right to engage. Sometimes replying to an incendiary comment, particularly one designed to provoke outrage rather than reasoned debate, is best ignored. But when a post or comment spreads falsehoods that are acutely dangerous or harmful, I think

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Victory Gardens Address Food Insecurity through Service

Details: The Illinois Social Science standards have students address essential questions in history to help students be personally responsible citizens in their communities. Further, two of the historical questions around the theme of civic participation in the new Educating for American Democracy Roadmap ask, “How have Americans come together in groups, made decisions, and affected their …

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Building Better Rubrics for Student Feedback

Details: The Illinois Civics Hub (ICH) at the Dupage Regional Office of Education resumed its webinar series aligned to the Educating for American Democracy (EAD) Roadmap Pedagogy Companion this week with a focus on building better rubrics for student feedback. This is the fourth in a series of webinars that began with a focus on inquiry design and then progressed to the theme of assessment …

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Guidelines for Administrators Illinois Civics Hub

Details: Central to this implementation effort is the need for teacher professional development opportunities and access to classroom resources. Both Public Act 99-0434 and Public Act 101-0254 specify that “School districts may utilize private funding available for the purposes of offering civics education.”

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Responding to Questions About the Teaching of Social

Details: The National Council for the Social Studies released A Response to the Attacks on Social Studies Education in State Legislatures and Local Boards of Education. Learn From History is a broad-based coalition of organizations of parents, students, teachers, school system leaders, community leaders, and other concerned Americans, facilitated by

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Illinois Democracy Schools Network Webinar Archive

Details: During this interactive session, educators from Neuqua Valley High School and staff from the Stanford History Education Group will discuss how they have integrated research-tested strategies for evaluating online information into ninth-grade biology and social studies classes.

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The State of the State

Details: This week, the Illinois Civics Hub turned its attention to Illinois state politics by hosting the WBEZ Government and Politics team for an hour webinar on “the state of the state.” WBEZ Political Editor Alex Keefe was joined by state political reporters Dave McKinney and Tony Arnold to provide an overview of, “key issues in Springfield, the latest politics – and how to keep up.”

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Current and Societal Issue Discussions

Details: Education Strategies for Structured Discussion – Northwest Association for Biomedical Research provides a variety of tools to allow for respectful discourse about potentially contentious issues, promote speaking skills and active listening skills, and provide ways for both talkative and quiet students to have their ideas recognized in a

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Classroom Simulations: Do This, Not That

Details: The Illinois Civics Hub is hosting free after-school PD this fall from the News Literacy Project, the Stanford History Education Group, and Civic Engagement Research Group, and more! A description for each webinar and information to register for professional development credits through the DuPage Regional Office of Education is available on the

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Constructing Curriculum with Essential Questions- Updated

Details: Inquiry is at the heart of “doing social studies.” The Pedagogy Companion to the Educating for Democracy Roadmap explains,. In the American tradition, inquiry-based learning goes back at least to John Dewey, who posited that students should be actively learning about how to think and ask questions, not just memorizing rote facts.

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Recognition Process

Details: Illinois Civics Hub (ICH) at the DuPage Regional Office of Education is excited to be the new home of the Democracy School Initiative through generous funding from the Robert R. McCormick Foundation. The ICH is committed to building on the work begun by the Constitutional Rights Foundation of Chicago, with the recognition of 4 schools in 2006

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Webinar Archives

Details: The one-semester civic education requirement for Illinois prescribes that students engage in simulations of democratic processes to acquire and practice important disciplinary content, aptitudes, and habits. Get free resources that support both short and long-term gameplay, simulations of …

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How can we ensure our sources of information about

Details: The Illinois Civics Hub (ICH) at the DuPage Regional Office of Education was delighted to host Dr. Joel Breakstone, director of the Stanford History Education Group (SHEG), to explore resources and strategies to help teach students to evaluate online information that affects them, their communities, and the world. This #CivicsInTheMiddle webinar aligned with Theme 7 of the Educating for

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Strengthening School Climate through Inclusion

Details: David Gregg, who is the IBCP Coordinator, discussed how students were given additional opportunities to inform decisions about their education and engagement in academic courses. Teaching staff directly provided information about the different programs that were available to students, facilitated student focus groups to provide more feedback to

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Simulations of Democratic Processes Illinois Civics Hub

Details: Center for Civic Education’s Project Citizen has both a middle school and high school program for service learning. StoryCorps gives people of all backgrounds, typically two at a time, the opportunity to record meaningful conversations and archives the recordings at the Library of Congress.

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Newsletter Archives

Details: ‘Civics in the Middle’ Email Newsletter. Subscribe to the Civics in the Middle email newsletter for news, professional development opportunities, and teaching resources related to civics education in Illinois!. Archive 2021. September (Back To School Tools, Responding to School Climate Questions, Professional Development, What Research Says about Teaching History and Civics, CivXNow Policy

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