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A New Era of Civics in Massachusetts: What, Why and How? A Workshop Series
In recent years, state-led civic education policy has shown it can pave the way for equitable access that ensures every student is prepared for democratic life. However, implementation design and outcome varies in each local context and state. CIRCLE, at Tufts University, has been a leader in pushing for equitable K-12 civic learning for nearly two decades and is the only group in the nation that has worked closely with three different states as they pass a new civic education law and embark on the process of translating a law and standards into classroom changes. Most recently, CIRCLE engaged in a landscape assessment and early evaluation research partnership with Boston University Wheelock College of Education & Human Development to help chart the future paths for the Massachusetts civic education community.

In this interactive workshop, we will share what we know so far from the first study of Massachusetts civics after the new HSS Framework and civics law have been passed—including the current status and the potential drivers of high-quality instruction. We will also share key practical implications for the classroom aimed at teachers and education leaders. Our goal with this workshop is to work with the participants on what equitable implementation of civic education and teacher professional development can look like in your school or district for the coming year. This is one of three workshops designed for local educators to plan and reflect on how each student can get a high-quality civic education. We will also highlight lessons from our partnerships in other states that passed civic education legislation and what local educators, administrators, and partners in MA can glean from their experiences.

We invite you to join us in conversation with experts from the MA Department of Elementary and Secondary Education, Boston University, and CIRCLE/Tufts University on what worked in revamping civic education in Massachusetts and what the road ahead looks like.

Feb 9, 2021 06:00 PM in Eastern Time (US and Canada)

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