Civics

Online Civic Reasoning

“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.

Oregon Civics Conference for Teachers - Salem

The first Friday of each December is “Civic Education for Teachers” Day. In honor of this state law, Classroom Law Project hosts a Civics Conference at the State Capitol in Salem for educators. Each year, teachers get an insider’s view of the halls of Oregon government. From those who make laws to those who interpret them, this conference features officials from every branch. It is a day filled with everything you ever wanted to know about Oregon government from the mouths of elected and appointed officials, civic leaders, and scholars.

Controversial Issues/Free Speech Workshop - Portland

Two great workshops in one! Looking for strategies to help students work with controversial issues? Ever wonder what speech is protected and what speech is limited? This workshop will help you answer both questions. From mock appellate arguments to Town Halls, from Deliberations and Mock Trials to Legislative Hearings, interactive strategies give your students practice using civil discussion skills to explore multiple viewpoints on current events.

Mock Trial Workshop - Salem

Are you in search of a strategy that teaches about the justice system, while students practice speaking, reading, writing, and analytical thinking skills? Look no further – mock trial is for you!

Teachers of grades 5 through 12 will benefit from this interactive and information-packed workshop. Participants will learn process as well as implementation, and leave with mock trials that can be used immediately in the classroom.

Teaching Strategies for Discussing Controversial Issues

Living in a Democracy is messy! From mock appellate arguments, to Town Halls, Deliberations, Mock Trials and Legislative Hearings, interactive strategies give your students practice using civil discussion skills to explore multiple viewpoints on current events. This workshop will provide classroom resources, rich discussions and content. This workshop is geared toward middle & high school teachers. Medford, Oregon.

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