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Integrating Civic Engagement Projects Across the Curriculum

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Integrating Civic Engagement Projects Across the Curriculum
Tue, 01/21/2020

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COURSE FULL: see April 13 Accessing Civic Engagement! Massachusetts teachers are working to meet the new requirement that every student have the opportunity to complete civic engagement projects between 8th and 12th grades that engage students in real-world issues in their communities. Civics content including media literacy, and broader literacy and practice standards are part of the MA History and Social Science Standards. 

In this workshop, participants will:

  • Plan an effective student-led civic engagement project for ALL learners
  • Unpack the new state policies and examine principles of best practice
  • Access a wealth of tools, curriculum, and resources from a range of state and national organizations
  • Develop understanding of new Massachusetts civic engagement project requirement and of new History and Social Science Standards
  • Judge the relevance and effectiveness of project resources
  • Learn and practice tools and methods for analyzing and synthesizing primary and secondary sources with civics
  • Design an effective civic engagement project for particular schools and communities
  • Apply project designs that meet new content, literacy, and practice standards


Sample syllabus from previous section of this course: 2019 Syllabus 


Teachers; Grade K-12

Date and Location

January 21 and February 25, 2020, Tuesdays from 8:30am - 3:30pm, at the Collaborative for Educational Services in Northampton


22.5 PDPs will be awarded to participants upon completion of these two days of training, in addition to outside reading and assignments (as per DESE regulations). Note that these PDPs will satisfy the ELL or Special Education-related requirement for recertification. 

Participants may choose instead to take this course for 1 graduate credit in partnership with Westfield State University. (Sample syllabus.) Graduate Credit from Westfield State University costs $125. Registration for Graduate Credit takes place in the first class, with payment accepted by credit card or check.

Cost: $72.50. Lunch will be provided.

Training cost is reduced thanks to the support from the Library of Congress Teaching with Primary Sources program. 

Registration Deadline: January 14, 2020


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