Past Professional Development Offerings


Authentic Engagement: Community Connections in Legal Education

Kate Sintros presented on teaching racial justice in a predominantly white state like NH. She shared her practices of utilizing mock trial as well as Bryan Stevenson’s Just Mercy in her civics and law classes. Attorney Seth Aframe described how he has supported Kate’s instruction. 

Aaron Blais presented on how he teaches law using a project-based-learning approach incorporating the Innocence Project and a sentencing activity, You Be the Judge, with Judge Will Delker. He wants teachers to know that fruitful connections between the community and the classroom are plentiful and accessible no matter where you teach in NH, even or especially in the age of remote learning.


Democracy in Action in Elementary School: How to Infuse Principles of Democracy in Everyday Teaching and Learning

If we want children to grow into active citizens - people who will participate in the democratic process, they need to experience the foundational principles of a democratic society in childhood. The elementary school classroom provides many opportunities to model and help children experience many core tenets of democracy in action. Featuring Mike Anderson, award-winning educator and best-selling author.


Mike Anderson has generously offered his mini course for free (coupon code: NHCIVICS2020) to NH teachers through NH Civics until December 31, 2020. Please let your colleagues know about this opportunity. If teachers don’t have time to watch and participate now (it takes between 3 and 4 hours), they can consider accessing the materials this year so they can save and participate when it works best for them at a later date.


Civics in the Middle: Engaging Student Voice for Inquiry to Informed Action

In this interactive session, participants explored how to design curriculum to equip students to be responsible, participatory, and justice-oriented members of their community whether in the classroom or engaged in remote learning. Walk away with strategies to promote student voice for agency and advocacy.


Student Journalism: What is the Law?

Student journalists are entitled to some of the First Amendment’s free speech and free press protections. Featuring Burlington High editor-in- chief and recipient of the courage in student journalism award Julia Shannon-Grillo and Michael Hiestand, Senior Legal Counsel of the Student Press Law Center.


Student Voice Summit 2018

The purpose of this gathering was to connect, collaborate, and learn about the potential impact student voices, when embraced and respected by their school and communities, can have on learning, educational outcomes, and school culture.


Framing Civic Learning

Featuring Michelle Herczog, Ed.D., History-Social Science Consultant III for the Los Angeles County Office of Education


Civil Dialogue & Deliberation

Featuring Michelle Herczog, Ed.D., History-Social Science Consultant III for the Los Angeles County Office of Education


Federalism: The Constitutional Design

Presentation by Calvin Massey, Daniel Webster Distinguished Professor of Law at UNH Law


Civic Literacy in Our Classrooms

This day-long symposium for K-12 Educators brought together educators, law professors, and attorneys to explore the contours of our Constitution and discuss ways in which it can be brought into our classrooms in meaningful and engaged ways. One of the highlights of the symposium was an hour long audience participation session with Akhil Reed Amar, Sterling Professor of Law and Political Science at Yale.

Voting Rights and the Constitution

Presentation by Carol Nackenoff, Richter Professor of Political Science at Swarthmore College.

The Civic Learning Arc - Inquiry, Investigation, and Taking Informed Action

Featuring Kei Kawashima-Ginsberg, Ph.D. and Michelle Herczog, Ed.D.


Empowering Connected Citizenship - Making Civics Count in Middle School

Featuring Val McVey, Florida Joint Center for Citizenship; Sarah Shanahan, MAT; Marek Bennett, NH-based cartoonist, musician and educator; Vicki Hebert, Youth 2 Youth; Tricia Lucas, Esq.; Richard Vassar, NH High School Mock Trial Association; Jared Bedrick, NH High School Mock Trial Association; Marieljane Bastien, Discovering Justice; Anastasia Gogol, Discovering Justice


Surfing in the Age of Fake News - Media Literacy and the Act of Inquiry

Featuring Sam Wineberg of Stanford University and Ann Hadwen of Exeter, NH


Civic Education in the Elementary Years - Promoting Student Engagement in the Era of Accountability

Featuring Stephanie Serriere of the University of Indiana, and Luane Genest of Nashua, NH


Student Voice and School Governance

Featuring Marc Brasof of  Constitution High School and Arcadia University in PA;  the Council of Hanover High School & Derek Hamilton of Pittsfield, NH


What Kind of Citizen? Educating Middle School Students for the Common Good

Featuring Joel Westheimer of University of Ottawa and Matthew Hicks of Shaker Road School, Concord, NH


Dialogue About Our Deepest Differences - Facilitating Current & Controversial Issues Discussions in the Classroom & School Community

Featuring Mary Ellen Daneels of the McCormick Foundation, IL; and NH Listens' Bruce Mallory and Michele Holt-Shannon


Teaching the Election - Citizens Count & Civics 101 in the Classroom

Featuring Citizens Count, Civics 101 and Dan Marcus of John Stark High School, Weare, NH

Our programs in action!

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.
- Teacher
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