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To ensure active participation in our democracy, educators must help students engage with their communities and learn a variety of skills associated with political and community life. They also must help students cultivate attitudes and beliefs that might best be described as `civic virtues.`

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Civics 603

Civics 603! offers NH educators and their students the opportunity to travel to the NH Supreme Court, meet with court officials, learn about key cases, and develop and present mock appellate arguments before lawyers acting as judges.

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Early Civics: Children Are Citizens PD for Grades Pre-K-5

August 17, 2022 | 9:00 am - 3:00 pm
Early Civics: Children Are Citizens PD for Grades Pre-K-5

FREE Professional Development Opportunity

Wednesday, August 17,  2022 9:00 am to 3:00 pm 

Register by Tuesday, August 2, 2022 (Registration is now closed.)

UNH Franklin Pierce School of Law, 2 White St., Concord, NH 

With Curriculum Developer and Early Childhood Educator Melissa Tonachel & NH Partner Site Director of Mikva Challenge, Amanda Maguire

How do children participate in the lives of their communities? How can educators create public platforms for children’s increased engagement? What tools and information do children need to develop the self-awareness, community-awareness, and confidence required to participate most meaningfully in their worlds? 

In the first part of this workshop, teachers will consider what it means to educate young children for social and civic engagement, learn about the work in the Boston Public Schools’ elementary classrooms, and design plans and materials for use in their own classrooms with Melissa Tonachel. The session will include interactive presentation and guided work with partners or small groups. Materials will include examples from the Boston Public Schools  curricula, readings, and planning sheets. In the second part of this workshop, NH Partner Site Director of Mikva Challenge, Amanda Maguire, will present on Project Soapbox for grades K-5. Project Soapbox is a public speaking program facilitated by Mikva Challenge that calls young people to speak out on issues that affect them and their communities. The students are asked to research, prepare, and deliver a two-minute call to action speech answering the question: What is the most important issue facing your community?

Breakfast and lunch will be provided.

5 PD hours for day only participation.

10 PD hours and $75 stipend for full participation (day participation, follow up in your classroom, submitted lesson and reflection submitted to NH Civics by Jan. 31, 2023).

Register by August 2, 2022. 

In-Person at UNH Franklin Pierce School of Law, Concord

Early Civics: Children Are Citizens PD for Grades Pre-K-5
The entire experience was eye-opening and transformative.
- Teacher, 2017

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