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This show explores how we can prepare the next generation for informed civic engagement, environmental stewardship, and the development of a more just and peaceful world. Host Brett Levy is a researcher of civic and environmental education and an associate professor at the University at Albany, State University of New York. Episodes feature interviews with leaders, innovators, and scholars in civic and environmental education. You’ll hear about new classroom-based and online practices that generate students’ involvement in public issues, youth-adult partnerships that improve communities, what research tells us about how to broaden young people’s engagement in environmental issues, and more. Please subscribe and tell a friend about the show. For information about upcoming episodes, guests, and more, please visit www.esdpodcast.org. Thank you!

Education for Sustainable Democracy Brett Levy

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This show explores how we can prepare the next generation for informed civic engagement, environmental stewardship, and the development of a more just and peaceful world. Host Brett Levy is a researcher of civic and environmental education and an associate professor at the University at Albany, State University of New York. Episodes feature interviews with leaders, innovators, and scholars in civic and environmental education. You’ll hear about new classroom-based and online practices that generate students’ involvement in public issues, youth-adult partnerships that improve communities, what research tells us about how to broaden young people’s engagement in environmental issues, and more. Please subscribe and tell a friend about the show. For information about upcoming episodes, guests, and more, please visit www.esdpodcast.org. Thank you!

    Teaching about the Capitol Insurrection One Year Later (Brief Note about Helpful Resources)

    Teaching about the Capitol Insurrection One Year Later (Brief Note about Helpful Resources)

    How should educators teach about the first anniversary of the Capitol Insurrection? This mini-episode describes free online resources to help teachers who want their students to understand the important events of January 6th, 2021, and their significance.  Below are links to these resources.


    Teaching Resources

    Facing History & Ourselves - Resources for Teaching the Insurrection

    Generation Citizen - Resources for Teaching the Insurrection

    More Relevant Resources from Facing History & Ourselves

    National Council for the Social Studies - January 6th Teaching Resources

    Kamala Harris's Speech on January 6, 2022 (9 minutes)

    Joe Biden's Speech on January 6, 2022 (25 minutes)


    House Select Committee on the January 6th Attack

    Washington Post - What the Committee Has Done

    CNN - Committee Talks to Trump Staffers

    U.S. House Select Committee - Latest News


    Prior ESD Episodes on the Capitol Insurrection

    Teaching about the Capitol Riot - Context, Impacts, & Moving Forward, with James Hartwick (University of Wisconsin - Whitewater)

    Teaching the Capitol Riot in a Politically Diverse Classroom, with Lauren Collet-Gildard (Arlington High School, NY)


    More Educators' Perspectives

    Newsweek - Teachers Uncertain How to Approach Issue

    WUNC - North Carolina Teachers' Approaches




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    • 2 min
    The Civically Engaged Districts Project - Part 2, with Six Students & Four Teachers (New Jersey)

    The Civically Engaged Districts Project - Part 2, with Six Students & Four Teachers (New Jersey)

    How can youth help to improve the culture and policies of their school districts?

    In Part 2 of ESD's series on the Civically Engaged Districts Project, students and teachers discuss how they conducted research and took action to effect real change in their central New Jersey districts. They addressed challenging issues, such as gun control, student mental health, and creating an inclusive school community. Listen to hear what they learned from the experience and  how district leaders responded.

    Student Participants:
    Tabatha Alegria, Emely Garcia, Oluwafisayo (Fefe) Kotun, Eddylenn Hidalgo, James Nicolai, John Nicolai

    Teacher Participants:
    Chris Monaghan, Sean Villegas, Brandi Gustafson, Luma Hasan

    Part 1 of this series features administrators who worked on the project and the professor who helps guide the work. Please check it out at the link below.

    Resources Related to the Civically Engaged Districts Project:

    Civically Engaged Districts Projects Website

    Youth Participatory Action Research Hub (curricular resources)

    Youth Engaged in Leadership and Learning (YELL) Curriculum Guide


    Related Articles by Beth Rubin:

    Towards a Civically Relevant Civics Education (in TRSE)

    Confronting the Urban Civic Opportunity Gap (in JTE)

    Navigating Y-PAR in the Classroom (Curriculum Inquiry)


    ESD Podcast Resources:

    Education for Sustainable Democracy Site

    Brett Levy's Open Access Research Articles


    Prior ESD Episodes on Y-PAR:

    Civically Engaged Districts Project - Part 1, with Prof. Beth Rubin (Rutgers University) and District Administrators (New Brunswick Public Schools)

    Students Addressing Public Issues through Action Civics, with Scott Warren (Generation Citizen)

    Youth Exploring Issues & Taking Action, with Jill Bass
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    • 48 min
    The Civically Engaged Districts Project - Part 1, with Prof. Beth Rubin (Rutgers University) and District Administrators (New Brunswick Public Schools)

    The Civically Engaged Districts Project - Part 1, with Prof. Beth Rubin (Rutgers University) and District Administrators (New Brunswick Public Schools)

    Many civic education programs focus on generating civically engaging classroom experiences, and these are very important. But what structures and systems exist at the school district level to  support youth civic engagement? How can districts foster a "civic ecosystem" that encourages youth voice and activism - and leverages these assets to enhance the district's culture?

    Professor Beth Rubin of Rutgers University has been working closely with administrators and teachers in New Brunswick Public Schools on the Civically Engaged Districts Project. This project, supported by the Spencer Foundation, aims to foster youth civic inquiry about authentic local challenges and to engage administrators, teachers, and students in addressing these challenges.

    This episode features Dr. Rubin and three district leaders from New Brunswick Public Schools who have worked on the Project, including Dr. Aubrey Johnson (Superintendent), Dr. Marnie McKoy (former Human Resources Director), and Dr. Lennox Small (Humanities Curriculum Supervisor).

    Part 2 of this series will feature students and teachers who have been involved in the project. Please check it out!


    Resources Related to the Civically Engaged Districts Project:

    Civically Engaged Districts Projects Website

    Youth Participatory Action Research Hub (curricular resources)

    Youth Engaged in Leadership and Learning (YELL) Curriculum Guide


    Related Articles by Beth Rubin:

    Towards a Civically Relevant Civics Education (in TRSE)

    Confronting the Urban Civic Opportunity Gap (in JTE)

    Navigating Y-PAR in the Classroom (Curriculum Inquiry)


    ESD Podcast Resources:

    Education for Sustainable Democracy Site

    Brett Levy's Open Access Research Articles


    Prior ESD Episodes on Y-PAR:

    Students Addressing Public Issues through Action Civics, with Scott Warren (Generation Citizen)

    Youth Exploring Issues & Taking Action, with Jill Bass (Mikva Challenge)







     


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    • 51 min
    A Congressional Bill to Strengthen Civic Education, with Cat McDonald (DC Lobbyist for Civic Ed)

    A Congressional Bill to Strengthen Civic Education, with Cat McDonald (DC Lobbyist for Civic Ed)

    Will the federal government support a comprehensive civic education bill? The Civics Secures Democracy Act is a Congressional proposal to  support civic education with about one billion dollars annually over five years. Currently the bill has sponsors from both major parties, but it is not without detractors.

    In this episode, Cat McDonald, the lead lobbyist for the bill, tells us about the bill's content, how likely it is to pass, and the challenges that lie ahead for this proposed legislation. We also discuss the history of the federal government’s support for civic education – and how this plan is different from what's come before.


    Resources on the Civics Secures Democracy Act:

    CivXNow Coalition Website

    Civics Secures Democracy Act Text (32 pages)

    Ask Questions or Get Involved in CSD (Contact Form)

    About Catriona McDonald


    ESD Podcast Resources:

    Education for Sustainable Democracy Site

    Brett's Open Access Research Articles

    Education for Sustainable Democracy Facebook Page (Please Like!)
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    • 35 min
    Online Technologies to Enhance Student Learning: Possibilities & Perils, with Dan Krutka (University of North Texas)

    Online Technologies to Enhance Student Learning: Possibilities & Perils, with Dan Krutka (University of North Texas)

    How can technology enhance students' engagement in classroom learning? When are technologies helpful, and when are they harmful?

    In this episode, I talk to Dr. Dan Krutka, associate professor of social studies education at the University of North Texas. Dan's research sits at the intersection of technology, education, and democracy.

    We discuss how teachers can decide which technologies would strengthen their teaching or whether technologies would even be helpful at all. We also discuss many specific online tools and how they can be useful for enhancing student engagement and learning.

    In our conversation, Dan touches on a variety of other issues, as well, such as how to teach effectively in online learning environments when students are home during COVID lockdowns.

    This month marks the first anniversary of Education for Sustainable Democracy. Thank you for your support over the past year!


    Links Related to this Episode:

    Dan Krutka's Homepage

    PICRAT Model for Tech Integration in Teacher Ed (CITE Journal)

    Glenn Wiebe's Blog - Technology in Social Studies Ed


    Teacher Resources:

    Padlet Site (digital creation tool)

    DocsTeach Site (primary sources & activities)

    Chronicling America (historical newspapers)

    Smithsonian Learning Labs (documents, recordings, images, & more)

    The Redistricting Game (simulation about gerrymandering)


    ESD Podcast Resources:

    Education for Sustainable Democracy Site

    Brett's Open Access Research Articles

    Education for Sustainable Democracy Facebook Page (Please Like!)
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    • 40 min
    First Anniverary & Looking Ahead

    First Anniverary & Looking Ahead

    This podcast turns one year old this October! Happy anniversary, and thanks for your support! New episodes are in the works, so please stay tuned. As you know, I try to release a new show towards the beginning of each month, and there are some good ones coming up, including shows on technology for the social studies classroom, civically engaged districts, and proposed federal legislation to support civic learning.

    As we celebrate this first anniversary milestone, I'm hoping to continue expanding the show's reach. Could you please help me spread the word about the show? (We have no publicity wing, so you're it! Consider this a form of civic engagement. :)

    Below are four ways you can help. If you could do one or two of them, I'd greatly appreciate it!

    1. Rate the show in your podcast app. (Five stars would be great!) More good ratings will help push the show out to new potential listeners!

    2. "Like" the show's Facebook Page by clicking here.

    3. Share your favorite episode (or the show as a whole) with a friend, colleague, or family member. You can do this by finding the share button in your podcast app (usually an arrow) or by sending a link directly to recipients. Here you can find links to individual episodes and a link to the show's website that you can cut-and-paste into an email or text message. 

    4. Make a small donation to the show on Patreon. This will help me pay for web hosting, mastering, and technology for the show. Also, with enough support, I can hire a sound editor. If someone helps me with editing, I can produce more shows for you all! (I plan to upload exclusive content for all Patreon supporters soon!)

    Thank you so much! 

    You can email me anytime at esdpodcast@gmail.com. 

    Have a great day!






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