Social Studies Knowledge Map™ Introductory Webinar

A tool to equip young people with the political knowledge, political skills, habits of engagement, and civil tolerance that alone sustain democratic society.
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Presented by the Institute for Education Policy and the SNF Agora Institute at Johns Hopkins University

How can schools help young people become active, knowledgeable citizens?

The nation’s schools are back in session—just in time for the most contentious election cycle in recent memory. Now more than ever, we need to equip young people with the political knowledge, political skills, habits of engagement, and civil tolerance that alone sustain democratic society.

The Institute for Education Policy and the SNF Agora Institute at Johns Hopkins University have designed a suite of tools to help policymakers, school leaders, and teachers accomplish this task—here, here, and here.

On September 29th we will release our latest resource: the Social Studies Knowledge Map™.  This new tool allows us to assess whether a given social studies curriculum offers systematic, robust knowledge building across students’ K-12 journey. We also evaluate whether the curriculum provides multiple perspectives on a given topic, and whether the teachers’ materials encourage an open classroom climate.  The result is a landscape analysis that leaders can use for continuous curricular improvement in this critical subject.

Please join Peter Levine, associate dean of academic affairs and Lincoln Filene Professor of Citizenship and Public Affairs at Tufts University’s Jonathan Tisch College of Civic Life and SNF Agora Visiting Fellow; Janise Lane, executive director of teaching and learning at Baltimore City Public Schools; and Ashley Berner, deputy director of the Johns Hopkins Institute for Education Policy for this discussion.

What will the webinar cover?

The Institute will provide an in-depth introduction to the Social Studies Knowledge Map™.

Who should attend and who will find this information valuable?

District and state education leaders; charter and private school principals and directors; and educational non-profits and foundations.