Participants will complete a variety of assignments designed to enhance their civic understanding and skills in designing educational experiences to support self-governance. Following completion of the modules and assignments, participants are awarded a digital credential as proof of their achievement.
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Presidents and the Constitution
This course provides teachers with a content-driven, yet thematic, course using case studies to explore a specific constitutional theme and historical reasoning skill. Guiding questions and case studies draw connections between events and topics throughout the curriculum and history.
Introduction to Socratic Pedagogy
Socratic pedagogy allows students to practice the critical analysis and dialogue skills necessary to supporting and maintaining democratic institutions and self-government. Participants will complete a variety of assignments designed to enhance their skills in developing lessons and the classroom culture that support education for self-governance using key pedagogical principles.
Teaching Logic & Reasoning
The classroom acts as a microcosm of a civic society where the practice of engaging in civil dialogue that respectfully challenges arguments from the point of logic and reason allows students to understand what it means to participate in a free society. Students come to understand how standards of logic can unify and serve as a tool for human connection. This course will provide teachers with additional support in teaching the logic and reasoning skills students require for participation in a Socratic based classroom.
Advanced Socratic Pedagogy
Socratic technique is a continuous practice. No matter how experienced a practitioner is, challenges arise when students engage in dialogue. This course will allow participants to reflect on their own practice while also engaging in common issues that arise within the Socratic classroom. The exploration of such issues helps participants develop stronger observational and diagnostic skills in relation to the Socratic method.