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This Edition: New Educating for Democracy Deep Dive | Improving Participation | Become an “Exhibitionist” of Student Learning!

Check out our new, curated collection designed to help prepare your students for civic action.
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Watch as students develop commitment and capacity for meaningful action in the 21st century.
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Discover a great strategy to help students engage in discourse and connect with others.
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The classroom is truly a microcosm of society. Over the past year, educators have been presented with a new set of challenges as the divisions and frustrations that are so evident in the political environment have made their way into our classrooms, regardless of geography, subject, or the age of our students. Many of our students are feeling the social and emotional impact of that division and some are experiencing the very real consequences of public policy in their daily lives. Even more, these outside influences are certainly having an impact on teaching and learning. This is a somber truth, but the good news is: there’s something we, as educators, can do about it!

Teaching Channel’s Educating for Democracy Deep Dive is a new, curated collection of resources to help your students participate in civic life. Use the tools and strategies in this Deep Dive to give your students a voice — motivate them to talk about their ideas and to value the opinions of others. Teach your students about the complex political issues impacting the world today and help them to respond in positive and effective ways, to engage in respectful discourse around ideas with one another in a safe environment, and to connect with the larger community in order to build bridges instead of barriers.

It’s not always going to be easy and we won’t win the battle every time. But ultimately, I’m hopeful; because in spite of the noise, we’re rising to this challenge and meeting it — head on — and I know we’re building a better, more active, more just democracy in our classrooms every day. Keep up the fight, friends — our kids are worth it!

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