How can schools help young people become active, knowledgeable citizens?
The nation’s schools are back in session – just in time for the most contentious election cycle in recent memory. Now more than ever, we need to equip young people with the political knowledge, political skills, habits of engagement, and civil tolerance that alone sustain democratic society. The Institute for Education Policy and the SNF Agora Institute at Johns Hopkins University have designed a suite of tools to help policymakers, school leaders, and teachers accomplish this task here, here, and here.
On September 29th, learn about their latest resource: the Social Studies Knowledge Map™
This new tool allows us to assess whether a given social studies curriculum offers systematic, robust knowledge building across students’ K-12 journey. We also evaluate whether the curriculum provides multiple perspectives on a given topic, and whether the teachers’ materials encourage an open classroom climate. The result is a landscape analysis that leaders can use for continuous curricular improvement in this critical subject.
Please join Peter Levine, Associate Dean of Academic Affairs and Lincoln Filene Professor of Citizenship and Public Affairs at Tufts University’s Jonathan Tisch College of Civic Life and Visiting Scholar at the SNF Agora Institute; Janise Lane, Executive Director of Teaching and Learning at Baltimore City Public Schools; and Ashley Berner, Deputy Director of the Johns Hopkins Institute for Education Policy for this discussion.