< Webinars

Webinar Focus: What does it mean to be civically engaged today?

About this webinar: Host Mary Hendra has a conversation with Jon Lego, Emily Weisberg, and Andrew Slack on creating upstanders in and out of the classroom.

Facing History students become highly motivated to make a difference now, in their own communities. How do we facilitate their own choice to engage? How can students discover their own passion in the world? What tools are available for action? Joined by special guest, Andrew Slack, founder of the Harry Potter Alliance, we look at what students are doing today as upstanders.

Our guest speakers gladly address your questions via the Google Hangout “Q&A” feature or on Twitter using the hashtags #ConnectedLearning and #Upstander.

In partnership with CLTV, Educator Innovator simulcasted this month’s webinars as part of an August 2015 series titled “Creating Student Upstanders in Today’s World,” which is organized by Facing History and Ourselves.

For more info about this series, visit CLTV.

Learn more about Facing History and Ourselves.

Watch and join the conversation on CLTV Google+.


Guests for this webinar included:

  • Mary Hendra (host)-leads the Los Angeles program team for Facing History and Ourselves, conducting workshops, seminars, teacher coaching and in-depth school work. She also guides California state-wide efforts in piloting innovations and increasing access to Facing History resources.
  • Jon Lego-teaches at Animo Jackie Robinson High School in Southern California, and is a member of the LA Facing History Teacher Leadership Team.
  • Emily Weisberg – is a Program Associate for Facing History and Ourselves, working with the Jewish Education Program. Among many elements of this work, Emily supports “choosing to participate” projects and the development of student upstanders across a range of schools.
  • Andrew Slack – is Co-founder and Movement Director of the Harry Potter Alliance, where he also founded Imagine Better: a program of the HPA that is bringing together educators, professional storytellers, workers, and activists to amplify their messages through the HPA’s model of “cultural acupuncture.”
  • Milton Reynolds – is a Senior Program Associate for Facing History and Ourselves in the San Francisco Bay Area, leads the Northern California Student Leadership Team as well as working with educators across Northern California.
  • Eran DeSilva – has been teaching for 15 years, has a Masters in Teaching, and currently serves both as a classroom teacher and as the Director of Professional Development at Notre Dame High School in San Jose. In her work, she has developed strategies and curriculum to instill students with tools for advocacy and activism both in and outside of the classroom setting.

Resources for this webinar:

Keep the Conversation going:

Upcoming Events


NWP Radio—Selling Inservices

Tune in to NWP Radio for tips about how to go about making money for your local Writing Project site.... Read More


Facing History and Ourselves: Democracy at Risk

Join us for CLTV at Educator Innovator, where educators, change makers, and pioneers in Connected Learning meet to discuss a... Read More


Teacher Leadership Here, There, and Everywhere

Recognizing that teacher leadership has become a hot educational topic, and that many organizations are working to grow and foster... Read More

@INNOVATES_ED Twitter Feed