A User's Guide to Democracy

With Nick Capodice and Hannah McCarthy of the Civics 101 Podcast 

Wednesday, January 26th, 2022

3:30-5:00 pm via Zoom

Free Professional Development for teachers grades 7-12


Join Hannah McCarthy and Nick Capodice of New Hampshire Public Radio’s Civics 101 Podcast as they unveil their new book, A User’s Guide to Democracy, and share how teachers can use it in the classroom.  They will be joined by teachers Liz Melahn and Heather Monson, who will present on how their classes created their own user’s guides to democracy.


The first 25 teachers to register and participate fully in this PD (attend webinar and commit to creating and testing a follow up lesson) will receive a free copy of A User’s Guide to Democracy. *** Register soon to take advantage of this offer -we have only a few spots left!***


1.5 professional development hours available for attending this training with 8 hours, $75 stipend, and free copy of A User's Guide to Democracy (available to first 25 who register) offered for full participation ---pre-reading if assigned, participation in webinar, follow up lesson tested in your classroom and submitted to NH Civics by July 1, 2022.


Presenter Biographies

Nick Capodice

Nick Capodice

Nick has been the co-host and Education Outreach Producer for Civics 101 since 2018, where he creates episodes and works with teachers across the country to design lesson plans to pair with the show. He has presented to schools across the country on how to make podcasts in the classroom.


Before that he worked in the Education Department at the Lower East Side Tenement Museum, focusing on content creation and storytelling in a digital age. In his spare time he picks apples and plays country harmonica, board games and trivia. 


Hannah McCarthy

Hannah McCarthy

Hannah has been co-host of Civics 101 since 2018. Prior to that she worked as a producer and reporter at New Hampshire Public Radio, concentrating on goings on at the State House and understanding the primer-level basics of New Hampshire’s state government. 


Prior to her career at NHPR, Hannah worked as a reporter and actor in Brooklyn, NY. In another life she would’ve spent her days studying analytic philosophy and manages to sneak it into a Civics 101 episode whenever possible.


Liz Melahn
Liz Melahn
Learning has always been (and will continue to be!) a vital part of Liz’ life; she began to fall in love with the study of history and government at a young age. Liz earned a BA in History from Colorado State University and has been teaching social studies at Polaris Expeditionary Learning School in Fort Collins,CO since 2010. In May of 2020, Liz completed her MA in American History through the Gilder Lehrman program at Pace University. At Polaris, she teaches US History and American Government each year along with various rotating additional social studies courses including We the People, World Geography, American Sports History, National Parks.
Liz believes that the classroom should be a safe and welcoming place for students to ask questions and seek answers, collaborate with teachers and peers, practice unconventional and imaginative thinking, grow as citizens and leaders, and develop meaningful analytical and communication skills that will serve them for the rest of their life. Her favorite part about teaching is seeing students light up when they understand concepts, make connections, develop new lines of inquiry, create work they are proud of, and discover their own love of learning. When not in the classroom, Liz can most likely be found at the ballpark cheering on the Rockies, traversing trails on her mountain bike, protecting her garden from Colorado’s ever-changing weather, exploring the world, or spending time with her partner, Scott and their dog, Chauncey.

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

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Thank you so much for your organization. I truly am most appreciative of the financial gift. This is such a rarity for teachers. In fact, finding a no-cost professional development can be a difficulty. You showed respect by providing a no-cost training, a delicious lunch, and a stipend. Thank you so very much. Looking forward to future newsletters and workshops! Thank you for helping teachers grow in their knowledge of a most important subject and cause: civics education.
- Sabrina Maltby, Manchester Public Schools
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