Deeper Civic Learning with the Democratic Knowledge Project and Planning a Speaker Series With Your Students

Professional Development Training for Middle-High School

3 Professional Development Hours Available

New Civics Curriculum from Harvard's  Democratic Knowledge Project

July 1, 11:30 am - 1:00 pm

Harvard University Join Justin Pottle as he shares civics curriculum that is in-development called the  Democratic Knowledge Project , designed for Grade 8.  This new curriculum is being developed by Harvard Graduate School of Education in partnership with a cohort of teachers (including our other Presenter today, Patrick McGreavey). 

Learn how this curriculum is designed to develop an 8th grader's critical thinking skills, a thorough understanding of the foundations and workings of government in the United States, and capacities for civic agency.


Justin Pottle Speaker Bio

Justin Pottle is a content specialist and curriculum designer with the  Democratic Knowledge Project  and a PhD candidate in Government at Harvard University. With the DKP, he has overseen development and implementation of units on political philosophy, American history, electoral politics, and constitutional law and conducted research on the 10 Questions framework. His academic work focuses on the intersections of democratic theory, political communications, and 20th century American political thought.

Preview some of Justin's work .



How to Plan a Civics-In-Action Speaker Series with Your Students 

July 1, 1:30 - 3:00 pm

civic agency"A civic agent is a citizen who is 'active, not passive' in the affairs of his or her community, state and nation."

Join Patrick McGravey to learn about what the Civics in Action Speaker Series is, how to plan one and customize it for your classroom. Utilize this series to engage students in becoming civic agents of their time.

  • Discussion of the Civics in Action Speaker Series both live and virtual
  • Sharing of video lessons and activities that go along with the Civics-in-Action Talk
  • Asking teachers to identify areas of their curriculum that would work well with this Civics in Action speaker format
  • Have the teachers brainstorm which speakers from NH could be the right fit for their own Civics-in-Action talks within their own classrooms
  • Present a “How to” plan with a step by step process on how to plan a Civics in Action Talk within their own classroom
  • Create a product that teachers can use to plan a Civics-in-Action speaker session in the fall
  • Q&A Session


Patrick McGravey Speaker Bio

Patrick McGravey has been in education since 1993 and is currently teaching eighth grade civics at the North Andover Middle School. He is also a pilot teacher for Harvard University’s Democratic Knowledge Project’s one-year curriculum entitled Civic Engagement in Our Democracy . Patrick feels passionately about promoting civic engagement and was fortunate enough to have been selected for the 2015 C-SPAN Teacher Fellowship where he worked in Washington DC on civics curriculum.

In 2019, Patrick  started a monthly Civics in Action Speaker Series that civically engages his students in a meaningful way. This has also exposed them to multiple areas of the new Grade Eight Massachusetts Civics Frameworks while at the same time preparing for the upcoming Civics Action Project . Speakers in this series include Massachusetts State Senator Diana DiZoglio, State Representative Andy Vargas and Congressman Seth Moulton. It is the hope of this program to bring in politicians and activists to connect with students that goes beyond the traditional learning experience as well as providing opportunities to bring in diverse perspectives that reflect the ethnicities, backgrounds and overall makeup of all students.

Thu, Jul 1, 2021  11:30am - 1:00pm

Thu, Jul 1, 2021  1:30pm - 3:00pm

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Deeper Civic Learning with the Democratic Knowledge Project and Planning a Speaker Series With Your Students

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