Online Civic Reasoning

09/23/2020 - 2:00pm

Grade levels: Professional Development, 6, 7, 8, 9, 10, 11, 12

Content areas: Professional Development, Social Studies

Topics: Civics

District/Organization: edWeb

“Nothing you can say will convince me otherwise.” This is a section heading in the first chapter of Facts Vs. Fiction: Teaching Critical Thinking Skills in the Age of Fake News, by Jennifer LaGarde and Darren Hudgins. As a follow-up to her July 2020 edWebinar, School Librarians Can Save Democracy, facilitator Michelle Luhtala will interview Jennifer about teaching critical thinking during a contentious presidential election season while facing a global pandemic, an economic crisis, national outcry for social justice reform, and devastating climate change.

The two will be joined by social studies teacher and debate coach Kristine Goldhawk, who will share how she integrates critical thinking instruction and news literacy into her classroom and on the debate team. This session will include strategies to redress the “nothing you can say will convince me otherwise” mindset among young learners and highlight programs that empower students to feel politically empowered to become change makers.

This edWebinar will be of interest to grades 6-12 educators across subject areas. The presenters will answer questions throughout the presentation.