Teacher Support and Professional Development
Supportive and knowledgeable teachers are crucial to ensuring students feel empowered and ready to become informed and engaged members of our democracy. Below, you can find resources about teaching certain civic education topics and can discover professional development opportunities.
Nervous about teaching controversial topics?
Take a look at TFDA's April Webinar which explains the ins and outs of discussing current and controversial topics.
The Teaching Channel has great videos addressing a variety of classroom topics such as Talking Across Political Differences, Taking Action in the Digital Age, and Using Infographics in the Classroom. Their Productive Discussions piece is particularly useful when discussing controversial and current issues in the classroom.
Professional Development Opportunities
Join Mikva's Action Civics Network to stay updated on online and in-person PD opportunities, connect with other civics teachers, and access classroom resources.
Promote Engaged Citizenship
NCSS' Digital Library has many different resources for teaching about elections and voting. The C3 Framework
provides significant opportunity to discuss active and engaged citizenship. NCSS also provides a variety of opportunities for professional development including conferences and webinars.
Fostering Civil Discourse
Facing History and Ourselves' Fostering Civil Discourse is a guide for teachers on how to create meaningful classroom discussion on difficult topics and current events. This guide provides activities and tips for implementing effective teaching strategies and navigating partisan politics. Facing History also provides online and in-person professional development opportunities.
Teach Action Civics
Democracy works best when everyone participates.
Generation Citizen's Action Civics Model inspires students to become civically involved through project-based classes. Take a look at how their model helps youth around the nation learn how to engage with local government and solve community issues.