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Register now: Civics 2.0, Citizenship Education for a New Generation

Friday, October 14th, 2011

Date: Thursday, October 20, 2011
Time: 9:00 AM — 5:00 PM
Location: AEI, Twelfth Floor
1150 Seventeenth Street, NW, Washington, DC 20036

Citizenship education is lacking in public and private schools: 75 percent of high school seniors cannot name a power granted to Congress by the Constitution, fewer than half of eighth graders know the purpose of the Bill of Rights, and less than a quarter of young Americans regularly vote, according to a recent survey released by the National Assessment of Educational Progress. In addition, civic dialogue is becoming ever more polarized, while public service is openly disdained by many. Previous school reforms have focused on graduation rates and reading and math scores, neglecting education about citizenship and resulting in a lack of basic knowledge about issues at the core of what has made America great.

School reformers are themselves deeply engaged in powerful civic and political action: transforming American educational policy and practice. This presents an opportunity to ensure that America’s schools also focus—as they once did—on forging engaged, empowered citizens. Sponsored by AEI’s Program on American Citizenship, Frederick M. Hess, AEI’s director of education policy studies; Meira Levinson, associate professor at the Harvard Graduate School of Education; and David E. Campbell, associate professor of political science at the University of Notre Dame, have commissioned leading researchers and scholars to explore the issues of citizenship and schooling by looking at domestic and international data, teacher training, and schools and classrooms. The research presented at this AEI event will illuminate how America’s schools can renew their focus on forging engaged and empowered citizens.

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Agenda

8:30 AM
Registration and Breakfast

9:00 AM
Introduction:
FREDERICK M. HESS, AEI

9:10 AM
Panel I: Citizenship Education in Flux: Perspectives on Past and Present

Presenters:
JULIE REUBEN, Harvard Graduate School of Education
PETER LEVINE, CIRCLE

Discussants:
WILLIAM A. GALSTON, Brookings Institution and the University of Maryland
VERONICA BOIX-MANSILLA, Harvard Graduate School of Education

Moderator:
MEIRA LEVINSON, Harvard Graduate School of Education

10:25 AM
Break

10:35 AM
Panel II: What Students Know and How It’s Being Taught

Presenters:
RICHARD NIEMI, University of Rochester
ANNA ROSEFSKY SAAVEDRA, Harvard Graduate School of Education
JAMES YOUNISS, The Catholic University of America

Discussant:
TREY GRAYSON, Harvard University Institute of Politics

Moderator:
DAVID E. CAMPBELL, University of Notre Dame

11:50 AM
Luncheon

12:40 PM
Panel III: What Teachers Know and How They Learn It

Presenters:
KEITH C. BARTON, Indiana University
JOHN ZOLA, Boulder Valley School District and University of Colorado

Discussant:
JUAN RANGEL, United Neighborhood Organization
RANDI WEINGARTEN
, American Federation of Teachers

Moderator:
MEIRA LEVINSON, Harvard Graduate School of Education

1:55 PM
Break

2:05 PM
Panel IV: Different Students, Different Sectors

Presenters:
MEIRA LEVINSON, Harvard Graduate School of Education
DAVID E. CAMPBELL, University of Notre Dame
JOSEPH KAHNE, Mills College

Discussant:
IRASEMA SALCIDO, Cesar Chavez Public Charter High School

Moderator:
FREDERICK M. HESS, AEI

3:20 PM
Break

3:30 PM
Panel V: The Future of Citizenship Education

Presenters:
RUSSLYNN ALI, US Department of Education
PETER C. GROFF, Black Alliance for Educational Options
TED MCCONNELL, Campaign for the Civic Mission of Schools
MICHAEL J. PETRILLI, Thomas B. Fordham Institute

Moderator:
DAVID E. CAMPBELL, University of Notre Dame

4:45 PM
Closing

5:00 PM
Adjournment and Reception

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