Author and Educator
with Joe Schmidt, Author and Educator
Thursday, February 24, 3:30 to 5:00 p.m. PT
Are you (or the educators you support) equipped to engage in discourse around relevant topics of the day, even those that some consider contentious? This presentation combines research based best practices and years of classroom and supervisor experience in laying out a "how to" guide that supports student engagement in the classroom. Educators need to start planning for civil discourse before the first student enters their classroom in the fall and work to align these conversations to a themes (like in the EAD Roadmap), skills (like in the C3 Framework), and standards (like your own state and/or district standards) throughout the year in preparation of the toughest topics that students will face.
Participants in this session will identify their own potential topic and be prompted to spend time putting together a framework to support success in a way that works best for their own situation. The goal is that every participant feels more prepared to support civil discourse in the classroom and leaves with the tools necessary to address contemporary and historical issues that are too important to avoid.
Joe Schmidt is the founder of Joe Schmidt Social Studies LLC and has worked in the classroom as a high school teacher and college professor for elementary pre-service teachers. He has also held roles in district and state-level leadership in support of both rural and urban schools. Throughout his career, Joe has served in a variety of leadership positions with numerous social studies related organizations across the United States including iCivics, Learning for Justice, NCGE, and ThinkerAnalytix and currently serves on the NCSS Board of Directors. Joe is always looking to support organizations that align with his passion for supporting inspiring and impactful educational opportunities for both students and educators. His first book, Civil Discourse: Classroom Conversations for Stronger Communities is available for pre-order and comes out this April. You can follow Joe on Twitter @madisonteacher and learn more about him and his work at www.joeschmidtsocialstudies.com