Supporting Civic Discourse
In these politically polarized times, educators are increasingly focused on the role that democratic discourse, critical thinking, and civic engagement play in their schools. This 5-lesson, self-paced course focuses on the instructional practices that teachers can use to promote civic discourse across the curriculum. Guiding questions for the course include:
- In what ways are we more alike than different? How might these similarities allow us to appreciate our differing perspectives?
- What are controversial issues? How might discourse related to controversial issues promote civic engagement/discourse?
- How do words communicate bias? What are the implications for interactions with media?
- How can teachers implement media literacy practices in their classrooms?
This self-paced, 1 credit (15 CTLE hours) course includes readings/viewings and short reflective assignments.