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WORKSHOP IS POSTPONED DUE TO COVID-19. MORE INFORMATION WILL BE POSTED ABOUT FUTURE PROFESSIONAL DEVELOPMENT WORKSHOPS AS IT BECOMES AVAILABLE.
Putting Civics In The Middle: Teaching the 2020 Election and Beyond, June 15 & 16, 2020 @ Eastern IL University

Illinois students entering middle school this fall must receive a semester of civics instruction before moving to high school, laying a foundation for students to successfully complete a semester of civics before high school graduation. Join the McCormick Foundation staff and Illinois Civics Instructional Coaches from the region for a two-day workshop designed to build teacher capacity on the practices required in the new law: discussion, service-learning, and simulations. Using the 2020 Election as a teachable moment for civics, attendees will learn strategies for bringing these practices into their classrooms, receive free lesson plans from respected civic education providers, and learn about local resources to supplement civics instruction. Registration is free and attendees will receive a complimentary breakfast and lunch both days. 15 CPDH ours will be offered to teachers that successfully complete the two-day workshop. Explicit connections will be made to the IL Social Studies Standards, the Common Core State Standards and the Danielson Framework for Effective Teaching.

Participants will:
-- understand the benefits of civic learning from the perspective of multiple community stakeholders;
-- analyze the components of the new civics course requirement;
-- review civic learning components via the Illinois School Code;
-- experience pedagogy that empowers students with the knowledge, skills, and dispositions of effective civic engagement;
-- evaluate curriculum using the new Illinois Social Studies Standards and Charlotte Danielson’s Framework for Effective Teaching;
-- receive an overview of the issues related to the 2020 elections;
-- examine curriculum related to civic education; with an emphasis on resources related to voting and elections;
-- assess best practices using current and societal issue discussions in the classroom;
-- examine best practices in service-learning through informed action;
-- gauge the components of an effective simulation of democratic processes; and
-- access resources and networks to support effective civic education.

Please register using the form below. A parking pass for the workshop will be sent to the email listed below ahead of the event. Registration will close on June 1, 2020.

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