December 2, 2020

Citizen U Bulletin: Volume 1, Issue 9



Volume 1, Issue 9


Citizen U

Weaving civics across grades and disciplines
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Featured Lessons: Youth in Action

Kids, Collaboration, and Coalitions
Students explore coalition-building accomplishments of young people recognizing that any individual, regardless of age, race, status, or gender has the potential to help bring about changes through working together and building understanding of civic community and their place within it.
Civil Rights & Civic Action
Students analyze both historical and contemporary examples of youth civic action, identify current challenges, and develop a civic service plan to address a cause.
Data Analysis to Drive Civic Action
Students analyze and interpret school-associated violent deaths data, then use knowledge of civic life, politics, and government to discuss using data for civic action.
Gun Violence and Next-Generation Coalitions
By exploring youth civic action and then looking through the lens of Columbine, students consider ways to address school safety and empower citizens through coalition building.

TPS Civics Educator Micro-Credential Program

From the course discussions: “I find that discussions allow teens to share their true feelings, especially when the teacher takes themselves out of the discussion and becomes more of a moderator, as in Socratic seminars, rather than a contributor. Just like anything though, you cannot grow or learn unless you have experience. In my classes, we do not shy away from controversial topics. If they are exposed to these topics, then students have the opportunity to learn tolerance and differing viewpoints. As a moderator of discussion, we will pause if needed to discuss points of contention. However, I utilize reflection quite a bit as well. One of the questions I always ask as a reflection piece is, ‘Was I respectful?’ This is a good teaching moment for me if I feel a student wasn’t, and they say the opposite, that opens up a dialogue for me, and possibly the class, to discuss and learn respect and tolerance.”

C.A.R.E. for Educators Zoom Gathering

Monday, June 8, 2020 at 3:00 pm CST

In times of darkness, teachers always rise up. But now, this time comes on top of a pandemic and as teachers are exhausted and empty. The topics are big – social justice, institutional racism, and nonviolent and violent protest. The events of the past days have made these issues impossible to ignore, in much the same way that the limits of online learning have thrust systemic educational inequity to the forefront.

Now more the ever, teachers again are called to be the ones who can transform this country – to become agents of change and equity.

  • How do we do this?
  • How do we summon the resiliency, the compassion, the insight, and the strategies to do what is needed?
  • What exactly is needed?
  • How do we manage our own fear, sorrow, confusion, anger, and pain AND teach and support students?

We come together. Join Citizen U, Our American Voice, and DePaul University for a unique experience of listening, learning, and growing together as teachers and change agents. If you are hurting, confused, wondering what to do next, come to the C.A.R.E. for Educators Zoom Gathering. Participants attending this 45-minute session will receive CPDU certificates. Register.

Our American Voice

Action-based civics education program
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United States Senator Dick Durbin of Illinois thanks the OAV students for taking the time to learn about civics and citizenship and participate in the 2020 program year.

Heritage Middle School
Berwyn South School District 100

Lester Elementary Downers Grove District 58

Dubois Elementary
Springfield School District 186

Clearview Elementary
Waukegan CUSD 60

Riddle Elementary
Mattoon CUSD 2

Central Middle School
Evergreen Park Elementary SD 124

Just received all these personalized letters to each of my students in my civics class, @ouramvoice. It is the most perfect thing to wrap up this bizarre school year.

On Our Radar

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TPS Civics

Teaching with Primary Sources from the Library of Congress
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Best of National Book Festival:
Immigration Memoirs 2019

From the TPS Teachers Network
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Primary Source Nexus

Teaching resource blog
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Recent Posts

Featured Content from the Archives


Primary sources & articles from 1898 to 2020

TPS Program

News, Opportunities, PD & Resources

News & Opportunities

Life of a Poet Web Conversation with Poet Marilyn Chin on June 11
National Council of Teachers of English and the Center for Learning, Literacy, and Engagement at the Library of Congress Information

MNHS Online and Low-tech Distance Learning Resources

RQI Tools for Education and Self-Advocacy in Times of Crisis

Online Professional Development

2020 Summer Webinars
Library of Congress
Wednesdays 2:00-3:00pm EST through August 5
Free, certificate for 1 hour of professional development available for live webinar participants
Information & Recordings

  • June 3: Reflecting on Using Primary Sources to Meet the Needs of Diverse Learners Register
  • June 10: Foundations: Finding Resources on Register
  • June 17: Pairing Primary Sources and Picture Books Register
  • June 24: Foundations: Analyzing Complex Images Register
  • July 1: Turning Inquiry into Action: How to Engage Young Learners with KidCitizen Register
  • July 8: Foundations: Selecting Primary Sources Register
  • July 15: Learning to Teach All Over Again: Teachers’ Reflections on Using Primary Source Analysis to Engage English Learners in Critical Democratic Discussions Register
  • July 22: Foundations: Analyzing Multiple Perspectives Register
  • July 29: Rosa Parks: In Her Own Words Register
  • Aug. 5: Foundations: Information Literacy and Primary Sources Register

Weekly Webinars
TPS Virginia
Through June 30
Contact Sherry Levitt

Teaching with Primary Sources
TPS Midwest Region
June 9 to July 21 OR June 11 to July 23
2 graduate credits or 25 PD hours, $60 service fee
Information & Registration

Industrial Revolution
Teaching with Primary Sources — MTSU with the East Tennessee History Center
June 18
Free – Register

Using Library of Congress Resources to promote historical understanding
Engaging Congress
June 26
Free – Register

A Fixed Star: Teaching the First Amendment and Our Most Fundamental Rights
Collaborative for Educational Services & First Amendment scholar David Hudson
June 29 to August 12 with webinars at 7pm EST on July 8, 22, & 29
Fee – 67.5 PDPs + graduate credits for additional fee
Register by May 31

America and World Fascism: From the Spanish Civil War to Nuremberg and Beyond
Collaborative for Educational Services
June 30-July 28, required online session July 8 from 7:00 – 8:00pm ET 
22.5 PDPs; 1 graduate credit with additional fee
Fee – Register by June 26

Accessing Inquiry for Students with Disabilities Through Primary Sources
Collaborative for Educational Services
July 6-31, required online session July 8 from 7:00 – 8:00pm ET 
22.5 PDPs; 1 graduate credit with additional fee
Fee – Register by June 26

Comics + Graphic Novels as Primary Sources
Jul 13-24, 9-11am EST
$50 registration fee + graduate credits available for additional fee

Information & registration

Teaching the History’s Mysteries K-5 Curriculum – Workshop
Collaborative for Educational Services
July 16-December 15, with online sessions July 16 & 23 and November 11 from 7:00-8:00pm EST
Low fee – 10 PDPs + graduate credits available for additional fee

Posters for the People: Using WPA Sources
Jul 27-Aug 7, 9-11am EST
$50 registration fee + graduate credits available for additional feeInformation & registration

In-Person Professional Development

Tentative programs still open for registration

Teaching with Primary Sources Summer Institutes: Primary Sources & Project-Based Learning
Maryland Humanities
 – Salisbury University: July 6-10 
    3 MSDE credits, 3 graduate credits for a fee
 – National Archives at College Park, MD: July 20-24
    3 MSDE credits
Free – Information | Application

From the TPS Teachers Network
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Library Blog Round-Up

Recent favorites
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Dav Pilkey: How to Paint Molly and Melvin

Jason Reynolds: Writing Challenges

Great videos laying out fun writing activities.

Swatting the Fly: Conceptualizing Problems and Solutions around the Spread of Disease

“This malignancy, it was right at our very doors.” Using Manuscripts to Study the
Influenza Pandemic of 1918

The 1793 Yellow Fever Epidemic:
The Washingtons, Hamilton and Jefferson

Saying Farewell with Poetry at the End of
this Unprecedented School Year

Sholem Aleichem, The Yiddish Mark Twain

Keeping Busy in Chicago

Strategies for Planning and Selecting Maps for Exhibits, Displays and Workshops

Italy: A New Silk Road Between Italy and China – the Belt and Road Initiative

Double Take: A Different Slant on
Photographic Research

Finding Solace in California Gold

Best of National Book Festival: Neil Gaiman 2008

Madam C.J. Walker

From the Pros in the Field

Teaching & Learning with Primary Sources
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Primary Source Nexus Facebook Primary Source Nexus Twitter Primary Source Nexus website

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