Chicago Social Science and Civic Engagement

Chicago Social Science and Civic Engagement Chicago Public Schools Department of Social Science and Civic Engagement. Our mission is to build transformational schools that ignite curiosity, promote agency, and elevate active participation in our democracy. #EngageCPS

Chicago Public School’s Department of Social Science and Civic Engagement includes programmatic support in: - Calumet is My Back Yard program - Civics course curriculum and instruction - Financial Education (Personal Finance 3.0) curriculum and instruction - Service learning implementation - Social Science instruction - Student Voice Committees - Student Leadership

Mission: The SSCE page is nonpartisan and rooted in the belief that the participation and promotion of civil discourse is a necessary act for promoting and engaging in a healthy democracy. That said, the resources, opinions, and materials shared do not necessarily reflect the views and values of SSCE or Chicago Public Schools. Please be advised that any matters posted on SSCE web pages are a matter of public record, and will be retained, even if deleted for violation of District policies. If you have any questions or concerns, please contact us.

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Chicago Votes
12/04/2020

Chicago Votes

How do you develop your civic engagement beyond elections? Our inaugural Brian Sleet fellow, Caleb Dunson, has some ideas for you! Check out his latest blog post on our website at https://chicagovotes.com/after-the-election/

Little Village Environmental Justice Organization (LVEJO)
12/04/2020

Little Village Environmental Justice Organization (LVEJO)

Good Afternoon! Reminder for the youth, our first meeting is today from 2pm- 3pm. Today is an open meeting! Anyone from ages 14-23 can join and get more information.
Meeting ID: 963 9166 2659
Passcode: 529145

We’ve got some powerful PD for you @ChiPubSchools Social Science Educators!  @facinghistory, @StreetLawInc, #Reparations...
12/02/2020
Upcoming High School Social Science PD!

We’ve got some powerful PD for you @ChiPubSchools Social Science Educators! @facinghistory, @StreetLawInc, #ReparationsWon Curriculum, & Identity, Relationships, Community! Check it out here --> conta.cc/3fWPs1b

Upcoming Social Science PD & Events We've talked extensively about Culturally Responsive and Sustaining pedagogy, here's an opportunity to learn what it means for you as an educator from a leading exp

12/02/2020

Powerful Social Science Instruction includes regular self-reflection, centers humanity, and is inclucive of our students’ identities and lived experiences. Join Dr. Augustine Romero as he shares his decades of experience promoting education that is inclusive of Latinx students.

11/28/2020
Barack Obama

Barack Obama

Chicago is the city that shaped us – and that's why I was excited to drop in to surprise Chicago Public Schools high school students with free digital copies of A Promised Land. Looking forward to talking to these students in the new year for a virtual book club discussion!

We are incredibly grateful for our Chicago Public Schools’ educators. Thank you for your continuous resilience and commi...
11/26/2020

We are incredibly grateful for our Chicago Public Schools’ educators. Thank you for your continuous resilience and commitment to your work and to your students. We hope you find time to do what fills you with peace and fulfillment. Stay safe and enjoy your well-deserved rest!

Chicago Public Schools
11/24/2020

Chicago Public Schools

Now, all high school students and educators have access to the ebook and audio editions of former President Barack Obama's memoir, #APromisedLand, thanks to Penguin Random House and OverDrive for Libraries through it’s student reading app, Sora!

To access ebooks and audiobooks in English and Spanish through the CPS digital library:
1. Visit library.cps.edu
2. Click the A Promised Land image at the top of the page
3. Log in with your CPS credentials (excluding "@cps.edu") to begin reading

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Ahora, todos los estudiantes y educadores de secundaria tendrán acceso a la autobiografía (libro electrónico y audiolibro), Una tierra prometida, del expresidente Barack Obama. ¡Esto es gracias a Penguin Random House y OverDrive!

Para acceder a los dos formatos, en inglés y español, a través de la biblioteca digital de CPS:
1. Visita library.cps.edu
2. Haz clic en la imagen de A Promised Land en la parte superior de la página
3. Ingresa tus datos de CPS para leer

11/24/2020
Barack Obama

Barack Obama

Chicago is the city that shaped us – and that's why I was excited to drop in to surprise Chicago Public Schools high school students with free digital copies of A Promised Land. Looking forward to talking to these students in the new year for a virtual book club discussion!

Teaching Tolerance
11/18/2020
Teaching Tolerance

Teaching Tolerance

On December 2, educators can join a discussion surrounding the launch of 'Black Lives Matter at School: An Uprising for Education Justice' with editors Jesse Hagopian and Denisha Jones and contributor Brian Jones. Learn more here.

Teaching Tolerance
11/18/2020
Teaching Tolerance

Teaching Tolerance

"That anger was built over generations." The oft-forgotten story of Bonita Carter's death and its role in the civil rights movement illustrates the importance of understanding the historical context surrounding any event—and teaching the full picture.

Oral Traditions | PBS LearningMedia
11/18/2020
Oral Traditions | PBS LearningMedia

Oral Traditions | PBS LearningMedia

This video, adapted from material provided by the ECHO partners, features Cecilia Kunz, a Native elder from the Tlingit people of Southeast Alaska, who describes how stories are passed on among her people. Although the Tlingit language is now written, and virtually all Tlingits are literate, they co...

Teaching Tolerance
11/16/2020
Teaching Tolerance

Teaching Tolerance

Thanksgiving always brings a disturbing amount of inaccurate information and troubling myths into classrooms. In this episode of Teaching Hard History, we explored better ways to uplift Indigenous voices past and present and teach a more accurate history. #NativeAmericanHeritageMonth

Check out our latest department newsletter at bit.ly/sscenovember! Find post-election resources, Native American Heritag...
11/12/2020

Check out our latest department newsletter at bit.ly/sscenovember! Find post-election resources, Native American Heritage Month events, and more.

Hint: there's upcoming Facing History and Ourselves curricular units & a Street Law, Inc. 3-part webinar series for 8th grade #civics teachers!

Teaching Tolerance
11/12/2020
Teaching Tolerance

Teaching Tolerance

Last week, the first Black, Asian American woman was elected vice president. We hope these resources will help you contextualize this historic moment for all students.

Facing History and Ourselves
11/12/2020
Facing History and Ourselves

Facing History and Ourselves

This week we’re teaming up with Nicholas Kristof, Martha Minow, and Randall Kennedy at The New York Times - The Learning Network to ask “What’s next for U.S. Democracy?” Join us Thursday, November 12 and talk with us about record voter turn out, how we take steps toward healing our divisions, and what this election means for teachers and students across the country. http://ow.ly/AC9S50Ce1mF

Check out Chicago Votes election resources!
10/29/2020

Check out Chicago Votes election resources!

Our Vote Center is a one-stop shop for voter resources!

The Vote Center includes:
▪️ Our 2020 Voter Guide (English & Spanish)
▪️ Important dates
▪️ A list of voting rights
▪️ And more!!!
Check it out at https://chicagovotes.com/welcome-to-the-vote-center/

Join us at the #Elections2020 Civic Life Town Hall Oct 29 from 2-3 PM! Chicago Public Schools students and community par...
10/22/2020

Join us at the #Elections2020 Civic Life Town Hall Oct 29 from 2-3 PM! Chicago Public Schools students and community partners will share ways we can increase voter turnout in the 2020 election. Register at bit.ly/electionsciviclife today!

The Right Question Institute is introducing a NEW lesson plan on nonpartisan ways to work with students around the issue...
10/20/2020

The Right Question Institute is introducing a NEW lesson plan on nonpartisan ways to work with students around the issue of voting. Join the webinar today @ 2 PM CT - register at http://ow.ly/DTR950BWpN9

Join McCormick Foundation & WBEZ' FREE webinar this Wednesday! Reporters will share how they are covering local races fo...
10/19/2020

Join McCormick Foundation & WBEZ' FREE webinar this Wednesday! Reporters will share how they are covering local races for #Election2020, how they apply best practices in news literacy, and their new initiative called the Citizen's Agenda. Register at bit.ly/localagenda.

Shout out to Chicago Public Schools MS & HS Election Teams! They've formed #2020Election teams to learn about and take a...
10/19/2020

Shout out to Chicago Public Schools MS & HS Election Teams! They've formed #2020Election teams to learn about and take action to increase voter turnout in their communities. Use CPS' elections guide at bit.ly/cpselectionsguide to #EngageCPS and build your own voter turnout action plan!

Wondering what to watch this weekend? This Is Our Chance's Film Fest 2020 has the answer! Watch two FREE films on the in...
10/16/2020

Wondering what to watch this weekend? This Is Our Chance's Film Fest 2020 has the answer! Watch two FREE films on the intersection of race, education, and youth empowerment until October 19. View the films and additional resources at our-chance.com/week-2/.

KQED Education
10/16/2020

KQED Education

The 2020 election is almost here! Join us on October 21 for a special virtual screening event and hear from students about the crucial issues facing their generation. Celebrate students flexing their civic engagement muscles and the power of youth voice with us! Register: bit.ly/E20screening

KQED Education National Writing Project and Student Reporting Labs are hosting a Youth Media Challenge: #LetsTalkAboutEl...
10/16/2020

KQED Education National Writing Project and Student Reporting Labs are hosting a Youth Media Challenge: #LetsTalkAboutElection2020! MS and HS students can create and publish audio or video commentaries for a national audience on civic issues that matter to them. Students and teachers, find more info here -> learn.kqed.org/challenges/election2020

The deadline for online voter registration is Sunday, October 18 - need a voter registration guide? @LWVChicago has you ...
10/16/2020

The deadline for online voter registration is Sunday, October 18 - need a voter registration guide? @LWVChicago has you covered!

Check out their voter registration guide and more resources in our latest Elections blast --> conta.cc/376fMDC

Register for today's Virtual Phone Bank at tinyurl.com/y5o5oh5w!
10/15/2020

Register for today's Virtual Phone Bank at tinyurl.com/y5o5oh5w!

Let’s phone bank together tonight! Yes, you can still register: tinyurl.com/y5o5oh5w

The month of October is a perfect time to reflect and assess culturally sustaining curriculum. How do you center  narrat...
10/09/2020

The month of October is a perfect time to reflect and assess culturally sustaining curriculum. How do you center narratives of Indigenous Peoples, Hispanic Heritage, and LGBTQ+ History in your classroom? #EngageCPS with these resources and events highlighted in our October newsletter at bit.ly/ssceoctober!

There are only 26 days left until November 3rd! Check out Chicago Public Schools Elections Participation Guide for ideas...
10/08/2020

There are only 26 days left until November 3rd! Check out Chicago Public Schools Elections Participation Guide for ideas and partnerships that #EngageCPS K-12 students in the election - bit.ly/cpselectionsguide

Happy World Teacher's Day! We are incredibly grateful and inspired daily by our Chicago Public Schools teachers. As you ...
10/05/2020

Happy World Teacher's Day! We are incredibly grateful and inspired daily by our Chicago Public Schools teachers. As you navigate the balance of remote learning, the 2020 elections, self-care, and your personal lives, we want you to know that we see you and we thank you.

Check out our latest newsletter filled with back to school resources, tools, and professional learning opportunities - h...
09/18/2020

Check out our latest newsletter filled with back to school resources, tools, and professional learning opportunities - http://bit.ly/sscebacktoschool

During Classroom Discussion in Hyper-Partisan Times, Dr. Diana Hess, Dean of UW-Madison School of Education stresses the...
08/17/2020

During Classroom Discussion in Hyper-Partisan Times, Dr. Diana Hess, Dean of UW-Madison School of Education stresses the importance of having discussions on controversial topics in virtual classrooms. They engage our students AND lead to their political participation beyond the classroom.

Shout out to Education Week, Dr. Janice K. Jackson, Stephen Sawchuk, and Chicago Public Schools' student & teacher leaders for making this event as engaging and influential as possible!

Register at bit.ly/cpsEdWeekEvent to join us today at 2:30!
08/17/2020
Classroom Discussion in Hyper-Partisan Times Event Registration

Register at bit.ly/cpsEdWeekEvent to join us today at 2:30!

Thank you for your interest in Classroom Discussion in Hyper-Partisan Times, event with Dr. Diana Hess and Education Week! Join us for this exciting event co-hosted by Ed Week and featuring Dr. Diana Hess, dean of UW–Madison’s School of Education, focused on organizing high quality discussions o...

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Recently, we have seen great debate in the news about values, civility, and what we as citizens perceive as good traits in our leaders at all levels of government. By studying Judy Baar Topinka’s life and philosophy, students can discuss qualities of leadership as well as how her thinking and life is relevant today. Just Judy, A Citizen and Leader for Illinois is a great compliment to any civics course and it explores such issues as good government in the form of good management and leadership; civility; protocol; compromise; integrity, perseverance; heritage; respect and advocacy.
The Chicago Chapter of VeteransForPeace.org will be submitting a workshop proposal on the militarization of youth and its effects on youth and the community.
Our department created an amazing list of civic engagement opportunities for youth to be engaged during spring break. Check it out, share and encourage your students to sign up!
Great kick off to Civics today with 50+ Powerful CPS teachers at AL RABY HS. Remember, you are powerful!