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An Invitation to Share Ideas: How Will You Be Teaching Election 2016?

As an unusual election season creates unique challenges for civic education, our partner The New York Times Learning Network wants to know, how do you plan to teach the 2016 presidential election? As we get ready to bring you new lesson plans for a new school year, including many more resources for Election 2016, we’re curious: How will you be teaching about the candidates, issues and controversies in a contest that has been anything but business as usual? How will you approach an election in which one of the candidates has been condemned by many senior officials of his own party because he “lacks the character, values and experience” to be president and “would put at risk our country’s national security and well-being”? How will you teach about a contest in which the candidates are more unpopular than those in any of the past 10 White House matchups, and were chosen as nominees by only 9 percent of the nation? For all of Hillary Clinton’s issues as a candidate, Donald J. Trump offers a classroom challenge most have never before encountered. This spring, a report from the Southern Poverty Law Center found that the Trump campaign “is producing an alarming...
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Redesigning Civic Education for the Digital Age

"Redesigning Civic Education for the Digital Age," a recent article in Theory and Research in Social Education, provides an overview of the core principles and practices of the Educating for Participatory Politics (EPP) project from two researchers at Mills College and Elyse Eidman-Aadahl, Executive Director of the National Writing Project. "We believe educators play a critical role in redesigning civic education to take into account the new opportunities and challenges pertinent to educating for democracy in the digital age. In order for youth to be able to take full advantage of these opportunities and navigate the challenges and risks, educators must consider the knowledge, skills, and dispositions that youth require to participate effectively. In order to do this, we describe four core practices that are central to civic and political life in the digital age: investigation and research, dialogue and feedback, production and circulation, and mobilizing for change.” By Erica Hodgin Interested in finding out more? Read the full article at DML Central.

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Publishing Site Now Open to Amplify Youth Voice

Letters to the Next President 2.0 publishing website launches. Student submissions are rolling in. Today’s teens may not yet be able to vote, but that doesn’t mean they don’t have something to say about the election. Letters to the Next President 2.0 (L2P 2.0) aims to support and amplify that youth voice, giving students an opportunity to speak out on the issues that matter to them, as well as helping the next generation of citizens develop discourse and argumentation skills crucial to their participation in civic life. L2P 2.0 is an initiative that gives young people, ages 13-18, a highly visible platform to voice their opinions on the issues that matter to them during the 2016 Presidential election. And in true 21st-century style, they have the opportunity to publish their letters to the next president in a variety of multimedia formats: everything from videos to audio to visuals and yes, even traditional text-based letters. Teens often have unique and profound insights on the issues they care about—the issues they think matter today and into the future. From immigration policy to the environment, education to health care, young people have remarkable points of view and now they have a new platform...
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Sparking Student Financial Empowerment through Micro-credentials

Built on principles of evidence-based learning, these twenty micro-credentials from our partner Digital Promise and the Global Financial Literacy Center at George Washington University help educators prepare to teach a unit or class on personal finance. "Each micro-credential is aligned to personal finance national standards, all of which explore topics and situations relevant to high school students. All twenty micro-credentials are guided by an evidence-based teaching method, implementation guide, and resources where teachers can learn more about a topic to craft lessons that will meet the requirements of the micro-credential. "Through this stack of micro-credentials, educators will have the opportunity to teach critical skills to their students as they head to college and into a career, including budgeting, responsible credit card use, and even building a credit score." Interested in finding out more? Read the full article at Digital Promise.

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