Student-Led Civics In Action: Youth and Educator Perspectives


Tuesday, January 28, 2020, 4:30pm to 6:00pm


Eliot Lyman Room | Recording Now Available

The recordning of this event can be accessed on our Youtube Channel.



In November of 2018, Massachusetts enacted new legislation to strengthen civic education, requiring all students to complete two student-led civic action projects, one in 8th grade and one during high school. This new state mandate has great potential to renew civic education, but uncertainties and anxieties run deep, too. Educators will have to wrestle with many issues around authenticity, student choice, teacher guidance, project management, and assessment. Targeted at a wide range of practitioners who would run, or be involved in running, student-led civics initiatives, this session presents two student civic action project cases. Teachers and students in the panel will share their experiences with their own civic action projects. They will discuss what they learned from their work, what they might envision for future projects, and how educators might respond successfully to the urgent call for new civic education. The session encourages active audience participation.  Session attendees will have opportunities to talk with students and educators in breakout sessions to make connections to their own projects.