Teaching Democracy: Reflective Patriotism: grades 7-12

FREE Professional Development Opportunity

Wednesday, October 27th, via Zoom from 4-6 pm.

2 Professional Development Hours Available

The first 25 teachers to register will receive a free copy of Halvorsen’s book, Reasoning with Democratic Values 2.0: Ethical Issues in American History. 

Dr. Anne-Lise Halvorsen, Dr. Jane Lo, and Al Wood of Michigan State University provide best practices to teach reflective patriotism, considering this time of political and social division. With examples from civics and history, Lo, Wood, and Halvorsen will share research-based and field-tested practical strategies for deep discourse and rigorous content while navigating our current polarized environment. Inquiry methodology and the Educating for American Democracy Roadmap will be referenced, as well as Halvorsen’s co-authored book, Reasoning with Democratic Values 2.0: Ethical Issues in American History.


Listen to Dr. Halvorsen on the podcast Visions of Education. 


2 Professional Development Hours Available (with 8 hours and $75 stipend offered for full participation ---pre-reading if assigned, participation in webinar, follow up lesson tested in your classroom and submitted to NH Civics by May 1, 2022.)


Presenter Bios

Dr. Anne-Lise Halvorsen

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Dr. Anne-Lise Halvorsen is an associate professor of teacher education specializing in social studies education. Her scholarship includes research on the history of education, social studies teaching and learning in urban contexts, the integration of social studies and other subject areas, teacher preparation in social studies, and curriculum policy. Her current work focuses on the history of elementary social studies education, project-based learning, lesson study, and historical thinking.

Dr. Jane C. Lo

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Dr. Jane C. Lo is an assistant professor of teacher education at Michigan State University. Her research focuses on civic education broadly. Specifically, she is interested in the political engagement of youth, social studies curriculum development and the inequalities that exist within traditional civic education. Her methodological expertise includes mixed-methods designs and design-based implementation research. She teaches undergraduate and graduate courses in social studies methods. Her most recent work can be found in Multiple Perspectives and Democracy & Education. Prior to becoming a teacher educator, she taught government, economics and Chinese in Austin, Texas.

Al Wood

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Al Wood is a doctoral student in curriculum, instruction, and teacher education at Michigan State University. Prior to joining MSU, he taught most content areas of middle and high school social studies for nine years in rural Northern Arizona, including three years on the Navajo Nation. His main goal as a researcher is to increase awareness of the unique challenges faced by social studies teachers in rural communities. He is particularly interested in exploring how rural students can feel engaged in the political process and receptive to social justice pedagogies.

Contact: Amanda Pawlik - amanda.pawlik@nhcivics.org

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This workshop was fabulous. I really needed ways to incorporate social studies into what I already do (English/Language Arts;) I feel I accomplished this here. The presenters were awesome.
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