January 20, 2022

Call for action: Next Educator's Voice takes on hot topic

Author: Liza Frenette
Source:  NYSUT Communications
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  • UPDATE: The deadline for proposal submissions has been extended to March 1.

Many headlines in today’s tumultuous atmosphere will silently point back to the story beneath the story: the need for knowledge and practice of civics education and democracy.

How best to teach those will be explored in the next volume of Educator’s Voice.

Feb. 1 March 1 is the deadline to submit your proposal for volume XV, “Sustaining Democracy through Civics Education.”

The country has become noisily divided over issues ranging from the pandemic to racial tension to inclusion to voting. Rules have been changed for who can vote, who counts the votes, and what regions are in what district.

“Understanding the rights and the duties of American citizens is integral to living in a participatory democracy. Civic participation has been decreasing in the United States and trust in the government has also declined,” said NYSUT Executive Vice President Jolene DiBrango. “Civics education, now more than ever, is vital to sustaining the democratic structures that are inherently part of this nation’s fabric and that set this country apart from many others.”

NYSUT wants to know: how do you teach civics education?

Educators across disciplines are encouraged to submit proposals about how they are teaching to these concerns. If accepted, completed articles will be due May 9 June 10; publication will be in the fall. P-20 teachers, BOCES teachers and college faculty are welcome to submit, as can educators taking part in districtwide initiatives.

Educator’s Voice, NYSUT’s professional journal for educators, by educators, offers members a written forum to share best practices in teaching. The current volume showcases examples of stepping away from formal classroom instruction and assessments and into project-based learning. Past topics include culturally responsible teaching, social-emotional development, family engagement, and more. Visit nysut.org/edvoice for more information.