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Developing Active Citizens: A View from the Classroom

Developing Active Citizens: A View from the Classroom
July 27, 2022 1:00 PM - 2:00 PM EDT
1 hour
Grade Level Grades K-12, Higher Education, Professional Development


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How do we develop citizen participation? Citizen activism was crucial in forcing governmental response to cultural disasters such as gun violence (like at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School), the Black Lives Matter movement, and the Rhode Island students who sued claiming a right to civic education.

This session features Pennsylvania teacher Jennifer Cody who has included student selected civic projects in her curriculum for years and Tilly Robinson, a high school senior who recently testified in front of the Indiana legislature in opposition to a bill that would restrict what’s taught in Indiana’s K-12 classrooms. The session’s moderator is Elizabeth Osborn, Director of Education at the Indiana University Center on Representative Government, developer of the free civics interactive Engaging Congress.

The Center is developing, with funding from the Library of Congress, a new free interactive app:  Action Citizen.  Action Citizen develops inquiry skills and culminates with a civic action project. Attendees will get a sneak preview of Action Citizen as they gather data, make observations, and pose questions through a primary source analysis related to the environment. These materials work well with individual/group work or in person/virtual learning and easily accommodate strategies for inclusion of all learners. 

Professional Credit

Available for one-hour of PD credit. A certificate of completion will be available for download at the end of your session that you can submit for your school's or district's approval.

Share My Lesson is now a New York State Education Department-approved provider for Continuing Teacher and Leader Education (CTLE) requirements and an Illinois State Board of Education (ISBE) approved Professional Development provider.


Jennifer Cody, teacher, Park Forest Elementary School, State College (Pennsylvania) Area School District

Elizabeth R. Osborn is the Director of Education at the Indiana University Center on Representative Government. She is a part of the team that created the award-winning free civics interactive Engaging Congress. Dr. Osborn is responsible for the Center’s curriculum development, is the primary facilitator/presenter at workshops, and presents regularly at regularly presents at conferences. Dr. Osborn received her Ph.D. in U.S. History from Indiana University in 2004; her dissertation examines the influence of culture and gender on constitution-making in antebellum Indiana, Kentucky, and Ohio.  Before joining the Center she was the creator of the Indiana Supreme Court’s nationally recognized education outreach program, “Courts in the Classroom.” In addition, she taught at several Indiana University locations (Bloomington, Columbus and Indianapolis), served as a teaching consultant at Indiana University in Bloomington, and taught high school social studies in Honolulu, Hawaii.

Tilly Robinson, student, Bloomington (Indiana) South High School



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1 Review
Civics for the Students
This one-hour PD provided knowledge and insight into a highly reliable civics document repository. Check out the Library of Congress's Teacher tab for vetted resources. Moreover, introduce your students to this reliable website as a research go-to covering most topics.
Tamara Kilgore
July 27, 2022