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Professional Development Calendar

Illinois Civics Hub Online Professional Development Opportunities

Join the Illinois Civics Hub this year for professional development opportunities aligned with implementing the revised Illinois social science standards and civics course requirements.

Democracy Schools Network Civic Learning Across the Disciplines

The theme of our Democracy Schools Network Civic Learning Across the Discipline series for the 2022-2023 school year is “Student Voice.” All educators are welcome to attend this community of practice as we collaborate on how schools can use classroom instructional practice and school organizational structures to facilitate rigorous and relevant civic learning opportunities across the disciplines. All webinars will take place from 4:00-5:00 p.m. CT

  • 10/13- Is Responsiveness to Student Voice Related to Academic Outcomes?:  Examine the relationships between responsiveness to student voice and academic performance with Dr. Erica Hodgin from the Civic Engagement Research Group.
  • 11/10- Civic Equity for Students With Disabilities: What might civic equity look like for SWD in schools? Join Leah Bueso, JD, Ph.D., from the Civic Engagement Research Group to learn more about her recent study to address this essential civic education question and learn what moves we can take to prepare ALL students for civic life.
  • 1/12- Helping Students Navigate the Public Policy Process: Join Dr. Shawn P. Healy, Adjunct Professor of Public Policy at the University of Illinois at Chicago and Senior Director, Policy and Advocacy at iCivics, for an informative discussion on how to help students across the discipline navigate the public policy process.
  • 2/9- Student Voice 360: Learn how you can embrace a “360” approach to student voice in schools that not only impacts classroom instruction but schoolwide culture, climate, and engagement with the greater community.
  • 3/9- Taking Informed Action with Data from the Illinois Democracy Schools: Join Dr. Kelly Siegel-Stechler, Senior Researcher at the Center for Information and Research on Civic Learning and Engagement CIRCLE at Tufts University, for a lively discussion about what we can learn from the Illinois Democracy Schools data enhance civic learning across the disciplines and create a more supportive organizational culture.

Administrator Academies

The Illinois CIvics Hub has designed several Administrator Academies to support administrators and teacher leaders in implementing rigorous and relevant social studies aligned standards and legislative mandates.

11/15- AA #3862- Sorting Facts from Fiction: What Districts Can Do to Combat Misinformation in the Current Culture Wars (Asynchronous and Virtual)

1/24- AA #1842- Exploring the New Illinois Social Studies and Civic Requirements K-12 (Online)

2/22- AA #3931- Teaching Inclusive American History- Implementing the New Illinois History Course Mandates (Asynchronous and Virtual)

4/18- AA #3930- Deconstructing the IL Social Science Standards and Course Mandates for Curriculum Design (Online)

 

Guardians of Democracy Microcredential Courses

Developed in partnership with the Lou Frey Institute at the University of Central Florida and the Illinois Civics Hub, the Guardians of Democracy Program is an online professional development program with extended learning opportunities for interested 6-12 educators. Our goal is to support a national professional development program and establish a network of certified educators across disciplines that embrace the proven practices of civic education to equip young people for college, career, and civic life success.

This program is inspired by the landmark report, Guardian of Democracy: The Civic Mission of Schools, published by The Leonore Annenberg Institute for Civics of the Annenberg Public Policy Center at the University of Pennsylvania and the Campaign for the Civic Mission of Schools.

Bronze Level Entry Courses- 15 professional development credits from the DuPage Regional Office of Education OR 1 graduate credit from the University of St. Francis for an additional fee.

Silver Level Courses- 15 professional development credits from the DuPage Regional Office of Education OR 1 graduate credit from the University of St. Francis for an additional fee. Must have earned Bronze Certified Badge to register.

Gold Badge Courses- 15 professional development credits from the DuPage Regional Office of Education OR 1 graduate credit from the University of St. Francis for an additional fee. Must have earned Silver Distinguished Badge to register.

Asian American Experience: A Primer by Asian Americans  Advancing Justice – Chicago

These workshops, facilitated by Asian Americans Advancing Justice, is designed to prepare educators to include Asian American history, stories, and voices into the curriculum. This professional development workshop will model a lesson excerpt to K-12 educators that centers on Asian American themes and teaching resources. Two PD hours are available for participation through the Illinois Civics Hub at the DuPage Regional Office of Education. PLEASE REGISTER IN ADVANCE FOR THE PD HOURS.

 

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