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Well-Designed Online Courses Help Teachers Master Civics Pedagogies

September 15 (Online)
11:00 am - 11:50 am CT
Room: Online
Digital Communication
Administrators, Instructional Coaches, Library and Media Specialists, Teachers

Teachers need rigorous, accessible, and supportive professional development, especially to use evidence-based practices that are quite complex, like simulations of democratic processes and informed action through service-learning in their classrooms.

Learn how the Guardians of Democracy Microcredential Program provided a transformative learning experience for educators in the midst of the pandemic, leveraging technology to provide equitable opportunities for rigorous and relevant professional development. Explore how this entirely virtual professional learning program sustains educators’ engagement; provides them with the knowledge, confidence, and willingness to employ each pedagogy.

The session will also explore what makes this program scalable and sustainable in the future.

Mary Ellen Daneels
Mary Ellen Daneels
Director, Illinois Civics Hub and Illinois Democracy School Network

Mary Ellen Daneels is a National Board Certified teacher who taught at West Chicago Community High School for 27 years. She serves as the Director of the Illinois Civics Hub and Illinois Democracy School Network, leading efforts to support the implementation of the middle and high school civics course requirements and Illinois social science standards.