ON YOUR RADAR
DSN announcements, upcoming events, Professional Development opportunities, and information about activities in our Democracy Schools:
~Annual Convening. September 15, 2022. We've gathered an impressive list of speakers to help you explore "Civic Learning and Media Literacy Across Disciplines." Please register here by May 31; we don't have the luxury of waiting until school begins in August to put details in place. Thanks for understanding this. If you have questions, please email Sue.
~Civic Learning Across Disciplines database
This is our final ask for examples from our schools that demonstrate civic learning across the curriculum. Whether it is a project that has already happened, is being planned, or is simply a hope for the future, we are interested in hearing about it. Just a few details would help build this network resource. Thank you.
~New timeline for DSN Grants (formerly known as RFP Stipends)
The Democracy Schools Network (DSN) offers a grant program on a yearly basis so active Democracy Schools have an opportunity to apply for funds to support work that enriches the civic learning experiences of students and improves the school’s organizational culture to provide a more democratic landscape. This has been a very successful program and has enabled many of our schools to innovate in ways that would not have been possible otherwise.
In order to reflect more accurately the timeline that our teachers work with, we are shifting the submission periods. This will allow our members to consider projects they would like to have in place at the beginning of the school year, as well as projects that will not be considered until after school has resumed in the fall.
· First funding period: May 1–June 15
· Second funding period: September 15–November 1
We hope that this shift will allow more of our DSN members to think about new possibilities for civic learning opportunities in their classrooms and schools. We look forward to hearing your ideas! You can access more details and the application here. (Note: There is a different form if you are planning a collaborative effort with one or more other schools.)
~Carolyn Pereira Civic Leadership Award
Interested in acknowledging someone's extraordinary efforts with enhancing civic learning in his or her school? Nominations are now open! This award recognizes a DSN member who has exhibited an exemplary commitment to strengthening schoolwide civic engagement and learning; someone who exhibits initiative, creativity, persistence and integrity in modeling and promoting the Illinois Democracy Schools model.
We welcome your nomination here. Please submit by Friday, May 20, 2022. The recipient will be honored at the Democracy Schools Network Annual Convening on September 15, 2022, and awarded $1,000 in funding for a civic need in his or her school.
~Seeking new members for DSN Advisory Council
We are looking for DSN members who are interested in serving in a leadership position (with a stipend) in our organization. The Advisory Council provides insight, energy, and outreach to promote the vision of the Illinois Democracy Schools. More details are available here. Please submit by May 20, 2022.
~Our annual survey provides us with important information about our members and their professional needs. Please take a few moments and provide some feedback on civic learning in your school during the past year and how we can better support you in 2022–2023. Thank you.