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Seeing “Everyday Civicness” in our Elementary Social Studies Instruction
CIRCLE at Tufts University co-led the ambitious and perspective-diverse Educating for American Democracy (EAD) Roadmap, a recently published framework for inquiry-based instruction to help students from Kindergarten and up to explore key themes of American constitutional democracy and history, and tensions within them. The EAD proposes the idea of the EAD classroom, which supports an inclusive, relational and democratic classroom that builds a foundation for rigorous inquiries that integrates civic and history education. We know from our research in K-12 civic education and more recently in exploring the state of civic education in Massachusetts that elementary educators need more support in integrating civics in the classroom. This interactive workshop will introduce elementary educators to what an elementary-grade EAD classroom looks and sounds like and how to get there. The workshop will help elementary teachers explore three critical inquiries to help them create their own EAD classroom; 1) what and how do you lay the foundations of a pluralistic democracy in the classroom that celebrates students’ identities and lived experiences; 2) what can everyday "civicness" look like in the elementary classroom and; 3) what pedagogical practices help foster such civic capabilities in young students.

Apr 30, 2021 03:45 PM in Eastern Time (US and Canada)

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