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Illinois Civics Hub Online Professional Development Opportunities

Illinois Civics Hub Summer Professional Development: Civics, Standards, and Media Literacy

Choose Your Own Adventure!

The revised Illinois Social Science standards provide a pathway to prepare our youngest citizens for college, career, and civic life in the 21st century. Join the Illinois Civics Hub for a blended learning experience where you “choose your own adventure” by mixing and matching a variety of virtual and face-to-face options to build a professional development experience that fits your needs. This summer experience is FREE through a grant from the Robert R. McCormick Foundation.

Civics, Standards, and Media Literacy: An Overview of Social Science Shifts in Illinois: This brief webinar provides an overview of the revised Illinois Social Science standards and related course mandates to prepare for curriculum shifts for the 2022-23 school year. Choose from three dates and times.

Civics, Standards, and Media Literacy Workshop: Join the Illinois Civics Hub team for an interactive day of face-to-face learning as we deconstruct the revised social science standards to audit and enhance current practice. Experience the proven practices of civic education with lesson demonstrations.  Walk away with FREE resources to meet the needs of ALL students aligned to standards and educational mandates in civics, media literacy, and Inclusive American History. These workshops will take place between 8:30 a.m.-2:30 p.m. Lunch will be provided. Pick a day and location convenient for you.

#PoolsidePD: Pick a Few that Work for YOU: Collaborate with others across the state using Free for Teachers Canvas to choose from our catalog of on-demand, one-hour PD modules to meet your needs.  Develop a plan of action with research-based “teacher moves” from the Educating for American Democracy Roadmap Pedagogy Companion. Get feedback from peers and Illinois Civics Hub Regional Civics Instructional Coaches for a flexible and responsive professional learning experience.

Registration links will be posted soon.

Administrator Academies

Illinois Democracy Schools Civic Learning Across the Disciplines

  • 9/15- SAVE THE DATE: Civic Learning and Media Literacy Across the Disciplines, Illinois Democracy Schools Annual Convening (Lisle)

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

Silver Level Courses- 15 professional development credits from the DuPage Regional Office of Education. Must have earned Bronze Certified Badge to Register.

Gold Badge Courses- Earn 3 graduate credits from the University of St. Francis for an additional fee

Other Professional Development Opportunities