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[Digital Brief] How to Give Civics a Makeover? Keep It Student-Centered, Stupid! (Education Week)

October 31, 2017

 

Not every student in the US has equal opportunities for civic learning. Research studies have shown that many students from underrepresented populations are alienated from conventional knowledge-centered models of civic education. They often feel left behind and powerless as a result. To mitigate the opportunity gaps, the Students at the Center Framework, developed by Jobs for the Future in 2013, calls for a more student-centered approach. The...

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[Digital Brief] Teachers Not Shying Away from Political Talk but Still Fearful (Education Week)

April 7, 2017

While national politics create sharp divides in school communities, most teachers aren't avoiding the topic, according to a survey from the Education Week Research Center. Fifty five percent of 830 participating teachers responded that they have not avoided discussing current controversial issues in the classroom this school year, and another 28 percent did not avoid talking about national politics with their students. But teachers are still fearful of parental and student pushback. Only 44 percent said their training adequately prepared them to handle contorversial ...

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[Digital Brief] Community Walks

March 28, 2017

Students teach teachers, not the other way around. Students in Oakland International High School (OIHS) in California, in which 32 languages are spoken by those who have newly arrived from 33 countries, tell their immigration stories on the “community walks” day. They lead a teach-in with their staff group, facilitate discussions, and walk the neighborhood,...

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