ON YOUR RADAR
DSN announcements, upcoming events, Professional Development opportunities, and information about activities in our Democracy Schools.
Our Annual Convening is on September 15, 2022, and we've gathered an impressive list of speakers to help you explore "Media Literacy and Civic Learning Across Disciplines." Please register here. If you have questions, please email Sue.
~ATTENTION MATH TEACHERS
"Citizen Math challenges students to think critically and collaborate openly around key cultural and societal issues impacting them today. In the process, this approach builds individual confidence, deepens peer relationships, and more fully readies these young people to actively participate – and make a difference – in the world they will soon inherit." (Citizen Math website.)
This past year, a couple of our DSN math teachers participated in a book discussion of Karim Ani's book, Dear Citizen Math. As a result of that discussion, they wrote a grant (which was approved) that would provide the opportunity for some of our schools to use the Citizen Math program (interactive tools, student and teacher materials) with their students for the upcoming school year. If you are interested in participating in this project, please contact Sue. (Please note that author Karim Ani will be one of our presenters at this year's Annual Convening on September 15!)
~CIVIC LEARNING ACROSS DISCIPLINES DATABASE
Have an example of 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. Help us build this network resource by sharing just a few details. Thank you!
The Democracy Schools Network congratulates Curie Metropolitan High School (2016) in Chicago, and Melinda Wilson, dance artistic director, on being named in the Top 10 Shortlist for the World’s Best School Prize for supporting healthy lives through their work in the arts! Curie, a secondary school located on the southside of Chicago, helps break down barriers for disadvantaged ethnic minority students and promote healthy lives through an extensive art program that allows them to thrive in traditionally exclusive spaces.
Vikas Pota, founder and CEO of T4 Education, said, "The World’s Best School Prizes shine a spotlight on schools whose principals, teachers, and communities have demonstrated exemplary leadership and innovation to improve the education of their students in the shadow of a global pandemic. This school has been able to prove their efforts and positive, long-lasting impact on their students and the wider community. For this, they deserve a warm celebration already!
Let it be our shared intention that all schools in our country, and the world, get to know of this exemplary school’s achievements and get inspired to follow a similar path to keep improving their work. By doing so, we shall catalyse a global grassroot learning community of schools and through exposition of accomplishments, inspire others to undertake the same journey to excellence."