Early Civics: Children Are Citizens (pre-K-2)

FREE Professional Development Opportunity

Friday, November 5th,  9 am to 3 pm 

Register by Thursday, October 21st. 

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

With Curriculum Developer and Early Childhood Educator Melissa Tonachel


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 this full-day workshop, teachers will consider what it means to educate young children for social and civic engagement, learn about this work in the Boston Public Schools’ K-2 classrooms, and design plans and materials for use in their own classrooms. The day will include interactive presentation, reading and reflecting, and guided work with partners or small groups. Materials will include examples from the Boston Public Schools  curricula, readings, and planning sheets.


Presenter Bio

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Melissa Tonachel

Melissa Tonachel has been an early childhood educator for over thirty years, teaching preschool through second grade in community-based and public school classrooms in and around Boston and early childhood development at Lesley University, before landing at the Boston Public Schools Early Childhood Department in 2013. She has contributed to a number of presentations, articles, and books on topics such as emotional development through storytelling, nurturing feedback and dialogue with children, early childhood policy, and professional development. Currently, Melissa is primarily charged with guiding the development of multi-disciplinary, project- and place-based, standards-aligned, voice-amplifying ELA curricula for kindergarten through second grade in Boston Public Schools. She believes that any legitimate curriculum must reflect, include, draw upon, and expand the experiences of those who interact with it; that this work can be accomplished only with the collaboration of children, families, teachers, and diverse colleagues. 

Fri, Nov 5, 2021  9:00am - 3:00pm

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

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Early Civics: Children Are Citizens (pre-K-2)

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I am very excited to use 'We the Civics Kids" curriculum and use many ideas from the Rendell Center. My other favorite presentation was Rebecca Valbuena - so many of her ideas are related to what I can implement in my classroom.
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