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Democracy Schools Network

Annual Convening


Thursday, September 15, 2022

DoubleTree Hotel, Lisle

Civic Learning and Media Literacy Across Disciplines

It is almost impossible for anyone to engage with current events or participate in a conversation without being reminded of the influence of the media in our daily lives. Educators are even more aware of this fact as we try to teach our students to be informed consumers and producers of information. The connection between media literacy and civic learning across ALL of the disciplines is a powerful one.

This convening will provide a mix of sessions from both our civic learning partners and members of the Illinois Democracy Schools Network.

We look forward to exploring the theme of media literacy with the Democracy Schools Network at the 2022 Annual Convening.

We hope that you will join us for a gathering of our members from across the state. To support your participation, we will again offer this conference at no cost for attendees, support for sub coverage, breakfast and lunch, and lodging (the evening before) for our members who are more than 100 miles from the site of the event.

For those who cannot travel, there will be dedicated sessions throughout the day for virtual attendees.

You can register here.

Call for Proposals from the Illinois Democracy Schools Network

The Convening is a prime opportunity for our members to learn about the different ways that our network schools are improving civic learning. We want to hear about how you are addressing media literacy in your schools.

If you are interested in submitting a proposal for presenting at our Convening, please do that here.

Preview of presentations

Confirmed presenters include:

  • Karim Ani, Founder of Citizen Math
  • Dr. Joel Breakstone,  Director, Stanford History Education Group
  • Megan Clark and Heidi Moisan, Chicago History Museum;
  • The Division for Public Education at the American Bar Association
  • Dr. Kei Kawashima-Ginsberg- Newhouse Director of the Center for Information and Research on Civic Learning and Engagement at Tufts University
  • Dr. Shawn Healy, Senior Director, Policy and Advocacy, iCivics
  • The Illinois Media Literacy Coalition
  • Dr. Joe Kahne, Co-Director Civic Engagement Research Group
  • The Mikva Challenge
  • David Olson; Director of Education at the Retro Report
  • RISE Challenge, Illinois EEAI (Environmental Education Association of Illinois);
  • Dee Runaas, Constitutional Democracy Project
  • Dr. Steve Schwinn, Professor of Law at the University of Illinois at Chicago
  • The SEL Hub at the DuPage Regional Office of Education

Sessions on topics include:

  • The Role of Media in Policy
  • Social-Emotional Learning in an Age of Disinformation
  • Civic Online Reasoning
  • Navigating Environmental Policy Issues in the Midterms
  • LGBTQ and Role of Media in Advocating for Policy Change
  • Math and Current Issues
  • Media Literacy in Midterm Elections
  • Deconstructing Political Campaigns

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