Professional Development

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Under the auspices of Harvard’s Democratic Knowledge Project,  the Ten Questions team will continue to build on professional development opportunities for teachers and public/school librarians. 


Teacher Leader Program

Over the course of academic year 2017-2018, a group of local teachers tested out the then Questions framework in various settings and produced useful ideas for effective implementation in partnership with the Ten Questions for Young Changemakers team. The teachers’ projects are being accepted for presentation during the 98th National Council for the Social Studies Annual Conference taking place in Chicago, IL from November 30 to December 2, 2018. Two sessions are scheduled. One is “Hearing the Other Side at Home and at School,” scheduled Saturday, December 1, 11:30 am-12:30 pm, led by Benjamin Liberto and Kathleen FitGerald. The other is “Bending the Arc through History and Literature,” scheduled Friday, November 30, 11:30 am-12:30 pm, led by Melissa Strelke and Elizabeth Olesen. See the examples developed by our Teacher Leaders:

University-School Partnership: Cambridge Rindge and Latin School 

In partnership with Cambridge Rindge and Latin School (CRLS) at Cambridge, MA, the Ten Questions team will run a small scale professional development course for teachers to help them learn to make use of resources provided by Harvard’s Democratic Knowledge Project (the parental research lab in which the Ten Questions team is housed) in the fall of 2018. Alongside it, the 10 Questions team will offer consultancy to the Cambridge Public School District to establish the 8th grade civics curriculum and further related professional development opportunities.  Read more

Massachusetts Civics Reform

In June 2018, the Department of Elementary and Secondary Education (DESE) of  Massachusetts released the first new framework since 2003. In response to a growing need for strong civic education in a changing political environment, this framework introduces or increases standards for civics in grades 3 and 5 as well as introducing a year-long 8th grade civics course for the first time.  See how the Ten Questions framework aligns with the practice standards and content standards espoused in the new civics framework here


The Democratic Knowledge Project  (DKP) at Harvard University (Principal Investigator: Danielle Allen) seeks support to develop and pilot, in collaboration with the Massachusetts Library System (MLS), professional development programs to equip public and school librarians to succeed as providers of out-of-school civic education and connected learning. The DKP is a distributed research and action lab at Harvard that seeks to identify, strengthen, and disseminate the bodies of knowledge, skills, and capacities that democratic citizens need in order to succeed at operating their democracy. The MLS serves more than 1,700 libraries of all types and sizes throughout the state, including 373 public libraries and over 700 school libraries. 

We plan to develop and pilot, in collaboration with the Massachusetts Library System, professional development resources that build on existing Ten Question materials. We seek to modify and repurpose existing classroom oriented materials for use by librarians in the library context and to train school and public youth librarians in the use of the Ten Questions materials in the context of their existing programs. 
Running from Oct 1, 2018, through September 30, 2019, our project seeks (a) to prepare library professionals to help youth develop into equitable, effective, and self-protective civic agents in a digital age; (b) to support libraries working for/with underserved youth in urban and rural areas to create positive civic learning experiences; and (c) to equip librarians with assessment tools to track the impact of their work on youth civic learning.  

To ensure that the goal is accomplished effectively and equitably, we will select eight to ten local partner libraries––a minimum of four school and four public libraries––based on geographic location (both rural and urban), social-economic conditions (under-resourced communities), and racial-cultural diversity, in consultation with MLS. This project is funded by a Laura Bush 21st Century Library Program Award (“Young Changemakers in the 21st-Century Library.”)  Further updates will be provided as appropriate.