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Annual Conference for Teachers in Civics

2022 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.  

This year’s Annual Conference for Teachers in Civics, Law, and Government will focus on the theme of “Law, Elections, and Civics: Exploring the Cornerstones of Democracy.” Educators are at the forefront of a nation divided over debates centering on individual liberties, the legal system, the electoral system, and our fundamental democratic institutions. By offering the opportunity to discuss and unpack our democratic system through the lenses of courts, elections, and civic participation, the Conference will help teachers meet this critical moment in our nation’s history.

There is a $25 registration. A link for payment will be sent upon registration. Invoices can be issued upon request.

When: Friday, October 28, 2022, 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 28, 2022.

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, “Law, Elections, and Civics: Exploring the Cornerstones of 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:

  • Electoral System (voting rights, gerrymandering, campaign finance, redistricting)
  • Law & Legal System (courts, law, cases)
  • Individual Liberties
  • Civic Participation
  • Civility
The proposal submission deadline is September 30, 2022.

Our Impact

  • Student Participants

    17,799

  • Teachers

    432

  • Volunteers

    871

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