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Annual Conference for Teachers in Civics

2021 Annual Conference for Teachers in Civics, Law, and Government

The Constitutional Democracy Project’s Professional Development Conference for Teachers in Civics, Law, and Government is a one-of-a-kind working conference that brings together teachers, professors, lawyers, judges, civic leaders, cultural institution scholars, civic education specialists, and others to highlight best practices for teaching young people awareness of the law, the legal system, and their rights and responsibilities as engaged citizens.  

Democracy is both an aspiration and a goal held dearly by millions of people across the globe. The current state of our democracy has caused many of us to rethink what is democracy and how do we create a truly participatory and inclusive democracy? How can we be inclusive of those who historically and recently have been redacted from the country’s history? How do we center those marginalized by race, gender, (dis)ability, class, and education? What does the law say about it? What does our curriculum say about it? Why is Project 1619 repudiated but the 1776 Commission celebrated? Why are federal organizations targeted if they promote diversity initiatives?

Creating an Inclusive Democracy

The 2021 Annual Conference for Teachers in Civics, Law, and Government, themed “Creating an Inclusive Democracy,” addresses the tensions that define modern American life. It offers resources dealing with current challenges to individual liberties, the legal system, the electoral system, and fundamental democratic institutions. The 2021 conference offers teachers an opportunity to discuss these challenges with other teachers and explore ways to promote a more inclusive vision of our democracy.

When: Friday, October 29, 2021, 8:30 a.m.–2:30 p.m.

Where: Conviser Law Center, Chicago-Kent College of Law, 565 W. Adams Street, Chicago (1 block west of Union Station)

Who: Middle, High School & Pre-service Teachers

CPDU Credit is Available

Seeking Proposals

The Constitutional Democracy Project (CDP) is accepting proposals for its Conference for Teachers in Civics, Law, and Government on Friday, October 29, 2021.

Presentations should be relevant, address at least one or more best practices as outlined in the IL Civics Course requirement, encourage opportunities for learner participation, and/or demonstrate application to the work of the audience. Extra consideration will be given to proposals that address the theme of the conference, "Creating an Inclusive Democracy." Sessions are 55 minutes long.

Proposals should:

  • Feature presenters who are experts or practitioners
  • Deliver best practices using approaches for different types of learners
  • Incorporate multimedia
  • Contain innovative or new ideas
  •  Stimulate discussion
  •  Provide meaningful content and take-away materials appropriate to use in the classroom
  •  Align to one or more of the Illinois Social Science Standards

We are seeking proposals that most closely align to one of these tracks:

  • Voting (voting rights, gerrymandering, campaign finance, redistricting)
  • Law
  • Economics
  • History
  • Civics
  • Education
The proposal submission deadline is September 24, 2021.

Our Impact

  • Student Participants

    17,799

  • Teachers

    432

  • Volunteers

    871

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