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On Saturday, February 6, 2021 we will host the 3rd Annual Powerful Learners Conference as a virtual event, focused on how we can reenergize, reconnect and refresh as educators to keep students feeling safe and supported in this most unusual time. Together, we will build capacity in our schools and community spaces for honoring the unique needs and gifts of our students, setting the stage for them to thrive and break cycles of structural inequity.

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Saturday, February 6 • 1:10pm - 1:55pm
Teaching for Civic Agency

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The events of 2020 make it clear that our work as civic educators is now more urgent than ever to empower our youth with the ability to make positive change. Legal scholar Martha Minow has observed that one of the biggest barriers that individuals face in getting involved is that it is hard to know what actual steps to take: “Often times, we see something that’s unjust and we wonder, ‘Where do I go? What do I do?”  

What are the knowledge, skills and dispositions that young people need to create a more just, inclusive and equitable world? We will learn about Facing History’s five essential practices for effective civic agency and participate in teaching activities that engage students in lessons about power, the universe of obligation and the common good. We will explore the concept of transitional justice as a tool to help individuals identify problems and the various ways to take concrete action.

1. Learn a new way of structuring curriculum to help students connect history to their own lives and the choices they make today.
2. Analyze historical and contemporary case studies of youth-led activism.

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Jared Kushida

Program Associate for Northern California, Facing History and Ourselves
Jared Kushida is a Program Associate for the Northern California regional office of Facing History and Ourselves. Jared is an experienced high school history teacher and administrator. Currently, Jared works with educators on social studies curriculum development, civics, Ethnic Studies... Read More →

Saturday February 6, 2021 1:10pm - 1:55pm PST