What you'll learn

  • Learn how to develop student-centered inquiry questions that guide student investigations into civic issues
  • Explore researched-based practices for analyzing and evaluating media to take informed civic action
  • Examine different ways students can take action with specific attention to leveraging technology

Course description

As the 2020 election nears and our world, nation, and local communities grapple with the unprecedented convergence of health, economic, environmental, and political crises, it is more important than ever that we look to our young people to be part of the solution. Historically, youth have played a key role in pushing for change. Recent advances in technology have broken down barriers to access -- creating great opportunities for young people to become politically engaged. However, only 1-in-4 eighth-graders performed at or above proficient in the 2018  National Assessment of Educational Progress (NAEP) civic assessment. Much work remains for our schools to help youth realize their awesome potential to be part of the solutions to the societal challenges we face.  


Civics Education and Youth Participatory Politics: Teaching for the 2020 Presidential Election explores how teachers can develop a curriculum that builds students’ capacity as civic actors and positions youth to take informed action and become engaged with issues central to the 2020 election. Participants will learn how to develop student-centered inquiry questions, teach students to analyze the media, and design opportunities for students to leverage technology to take action and make their voices heard.


Associated Schools

  • Harvard Graduate School of Education

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