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Illinois Democracy School Network Webinar Archives

Past Webinars

The Illinois Democracy Schools Network is dedicated to providing educators with professional development to support civic learning across the disciplines aligned to the Democracy School elements.

Listed below are recordings of past webinars. Access upcoming events on the Illinois Civics Hub Professional Development Calendar.

Designing Discussion As Inquiry with Dr. Paula McAvoy

Join the Illinois Democracy School Network as we welcome Dr. Paula McAvoy, Assistant Professor of Social Studies Education, N.C. State University for a timely webinar exploring best practices in using current and controversial issue discussions in the classroom. Dr. McAvoy will share attributes of a good discussion, using discussion as inquiry, as well as answering participant questions. Walk away with a deeper understanding of practices aligned to the Pedagogy Companion of the Educating for American Democracy Roadmap that embraces a commitment to learn about and teach full and multifaceted historical and civic narratives with a focus on inclusion and equity in both content and approach.

The Inclusive Democratic Classroom

Join Laura Tavares, Program Director for Organizational Learning and Thought Leadership at Facing History and Ourselves to explore design and teaching strategies that foster the practice of Constitutional Democracy and student agency across the disciplines. Walk away with strategies aligned to the Pedagogy Companion of the Educating for American Democracy Roadmap that uses both content knowledge and classroom leadership to model the constitutional principle of “We the People” through democratic practices that promote civic responsibility, civil rights, and civic friendship in the classroom. This webinar is hosted by the Illinois Democracy School Network.

Expanding Civic Learning Across the Disciplines

Join Dr. Shawn Healy, Senior Director, Policy and Advocacy at iCivics, to explore what schools can do to implement civic learning across disciplines (CLAD). Learn how different states and districts are approaching this work aligned to the new DSN indicators and Educating for American Democracy Roadmap.

Strengthening School Climate through Inclusion: An Approach to Teacher Professional Development

Loyola University Chicago is currently partnering with a few Democracy Schools across the Chicago metropolitan area, as they seek to develop and implement strategies to strengthen school climate through inclusion. Inclusive school climates can be strengthened through a variety of approaches including teaching and learning, elevating and supporting student voice particularly among marginalized student populations, and examining social identity formation and bias among adults. This workshop will provide both insights into the process of engaging questions of race, culture, and diversity that tend to be fraught with tension, misunderstanding, and lack of clarity as well as what approaches schools are taking to engage all students more meaningfully through an assortment of strategies that do not, once and for all, solve the problem of lack of inclusion, but at a minimum, position schools to undertake this important work with commitment and fidelity.

Civic Online Reasoning Across the Curriculum

On subjects ranging from the coronavirus to voting, disinformation proliferates online. How can we help students sort facts from fiction? 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. Presenters: Thomas McManamen, Carrie Ory, Adrianne Toomey, Kelli Tufo, and Deanna Lindsey (Neuqua Valley High School) Sarah McGrew, and Joel Breakstone (Stanford History Education Group)

Be a Guardian of Democracy: Strategies for Using Current and Controversial Issues in the Classroom

The Guardians of Democracy Micro-credential program is a free online course that can support teachers across the curriculum in creating a safe, equitable space for civil discourse. Two members of the Democracy Schools Network will discuss how the course impacted their practice and participants will get connected with strategies and resources to support their classrooms.



Civics Across the Curriculum- Facilitate Students to Take the L.E.A.D. with Service Learning

Learn about approaches to service learning that allow students to take the L.E.A.D. (Learn, Engage & Explore, Authentic Action, Demonstrate Learning). Collaborate with your DSN colleagues who are participating in the Illinois Civics Service Learning Facilitator Initiative and earning their micro-credentials in service-learning through designing and facilitating cross-curricular opportunities for informed action.

Civics Across the Curriculum- Digital Well-Being and Citizenship

In 2019, Antioch Community High School (ACHS) embarked on a journey to incorporate digital well-being and citizenship practices and spread them to staff and students. With goals of taking a positive perspective, promoting human interaction, and incorporating student voice and decision making, #ACHSDigiCit was born. This webinar will explain how ACHS approached school climate through this process and will highlight some of the activities used to promote positive human interactions through digital formats and support a sense of belonging for students and staff alike.

Civics Across the Curriculum: A School-Wide Commitment to Civic Learning

Civics Across the Curriculum- Simulations of Democratic Processes: Do This, Not That!

Join your DSN colleagues for a look at best practices in simulations of democratic processes that can be used in traditional, remote, and hybrid classrooms. Explore how the research of Dr. Jane Lo and Dr. Walter Parker was applied in their classrooms as a result of participating in the Guardians for Democracy pilot course in the best civic practice. Learn culturally responsive and equitable practices to make simulations work in your discipline

Civics Across the Curriculum- Kick0Off Panel Discussion

Join us for a kickoff to our Civics Across the Curriculum webinar series to explore the intersections of civic learning, vision and leadership, and school climate for our work. Panelists include -Nicole Beechum, Co-Director of the Equitable Learning and Development Group, the University of Chicago Consortium on School Research -Alejandra Frausto, Project-Based Learning Manager, Chicago Public Schools Department of Social Science and Civic Engagement -Eileen McMahon, Principal, Maine West High School.