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Power to the People: Seven Weekly Webinars

This seven-week series is designed for teachers and those interested in civics, government, U.S. history, and in learning the different ways people participate in our government. Click on the button below to learn about the topics that will be covered.
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Past Webinars

Bending Toward Justice? Teaching Voting Rights and Representation with iCivics + We the People

Wednesday, October 7, 2020

In this webinar by iCivics and the Center for Civic Education, Henry L. Chambers, Jr., Emma Humphries, and Mike Fassold explain the long and troubled history of voting rights in the United States and share tips for teaching representation and the expansion of suffrage.

Mike Fassold, an educator from Fishers Junior High School in Indiana, explains how he teaches the expansion of voting rights using the We the People middle school curriculum. Fassold is followed by Professor Henry Chambers, the Austin E. Owen Research Scholar & Professor of Law at the University of Richmond, who discusses the 2020 Census, apportionment, and gerrymandering. Finally, Emma Humphries, the Chief Education Officer at iCivics, explores compelling new infographics and Web activities on the census, gerrymandering, and voting that will engage your students.

Duration: 1 hour, 20 minutes

The Center for Civic Education conducted two webinars on how to teach the We the People: The Citizen and the Constitution for high school and middle school teachers. Recordings for both webinars are available below.

Introduction to Teaching We the People at the High School Level

Wednesday, September 23, 2020

In this video from the Center for Civic Education, Maria Gallo explains the fundamentals of teaching the We the People: The Citizen and the Constitution program to high school students. Maria is the director of professional development and special programs for the Center. She is joined by Mark Gage, director of publishing and digital content, who explains the wide variety online resources that support We the People. For more information about We the People: The Citizen and the Constitution, visit https://www.civiced.org/we-the-people.

Duration: 1 hour

Introduction to Teaching We the People at the Middle School Level

Thursday, September 24, 2020
 

In this video from the Center for Civic Education, Maria Gallo and Patience LeBlanc explain the fundamentals of teaching the We the People: The Citizen and the Constitution program to middle school students. Maria is the director of professional development and special programs for the Center. Patience is an instructional coach at Frisco High School near Dallas, Texas, and has been a We the People teacher for twenty years. Maria and Patience are joined by Mark Gage, director of publishing and digital content, who explains the wide variety online resources that support We the People. For more information about We the People: The Citizen and the Constitution, visit https://www.civiced.org/we-the-people.

 

Duration: 1 hour

The Center for Civic Education conducted two webinars this summer for teachers seeking advice on how to teach We the People and other civics and government content in our new and challenging world of social distancing and blended or online learning in the 2020–21 school year. Recordings for both webinars are available below.

Meeting the Challenge of Teaching in a Brave New World

Wednesday, August 5, 2020

Robert LemingIn this webinar, hosted by the Center for Civic Education, teachers shared their plans for teaching civics, government, and history with a focus on the We the People: The Citizen and the Constitution program during the 2020-21 school year in the uncertain context of the continuing COVID-19 pandemic.

Speaker: Robert S. Leming, National Director, We the People Programs, Center for Civic Education

Duration: 1 hour, 12 minutes

Teaching We the People Online Using Actively Learn

Wednesday, July 22, 2020
 

This webinar from the Center for Civic Education explained in detail how to use the We the People: The Citizen & the Constitution high school and middle school ebooks on the Actively Learn platform. The webinar was conducted by Amanda Kropp, a twelfth-grade government teacher at T.C. Williams High School in Alexandria, Virginia, who has taught We the People using the Actively Learn ebook since 2017.

Speakers: Amanda Kropp, Teacher, T.C. Williams High School, Alexandria, Virginia, and Robert S. Leming, National Director, We the People Programs, Center for Civic Education

Duration: 1 hour

Teaching in Realtime: How Well Does the American Federal System Respond to Public Health Crises?

How a country responds to a national crisis reveals a lot about its people and their governments. American responses to the Covid-19 pandemic of 2020 provide just such a window revealing issues of federalism, separation of powers, and civil liberties. This webinar series, "Teaching in Realtime: How Well Does the American Federal System Respond to Public Health Crises?" was presented by Stephen Schechter, professor emeritus at Russell Sage College and Thomas Vontz, professor and director of the Center for Social Studies Education at Kansas State University in June and July 2020. This series was sponsored by Kansas State University, the Johnson County First Amendment Foundation, and the Center for Civic Education.

Video 1

A webinar series presented by Stephen Schechter, professor emeritus at Russell Sage College and Thomas Vontz, professor and director of the Center for Social Studies Education at Kansas State University. It is provided as a public service of Kansas State University's Center for Social Studies Education, the Center for Civic Education, and the Johnson County First Amendment Foundation.

Duration: 1 hour, 30 minutes

Video 2

How a country responds to a national crisis reveals a lot about its people and their governments. American responses to the Covid-19 pandemic of 2020 provide just such a window revealing issues of federalism, separation of powers, and civil liberties. "Teaching in Realtime: How Well Does the American Federal System Respond to Public Health Crises?" is a webinar presented by Stephen Schechter, professor emeritus at Russell Sage College, Thomas Vontz, professor and director of the Center for Social Studies Education at Kansas State University. This webinar is sponsored by Kansas State University, the Johnson County First Amendment Foundation, and the Center for Civic Education.

Duration: 1 hour, 32 minutes 

Video 3


This is the third class in the four-part webinar series, "Teaching in Realtime: How Well Does the American Federal System Respond to Public Health Crises?" presented by Stephen Schechter, professor emeritus at Russell Sage College, and Thomas Vontz, professor and director of the Center for Social Studies Education at Kansas State University. This webinar is sponsored by Kansas State University, the Johnson County First Amendment Foundation, and the Center for Civic Education.

Duration: 1 hour, 41 minutes

Video 4


This is the fourth and final class in the webinar series, "Teaching in Realtime: How Well Does the American Federal System Respond to Public Health Crises?" presented by Stephen Schechter, professor emeritus at Russell Sage College, and Thomas Vontz, professor and director of the Center for Social Studies Education at Kansas State University. This webinar is sponsored by Kansas State University, the Johnson County First Amendment Foundation, and the Center for Civic Education.

Duration: 1 hour, 33 minutes

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