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Online Course: 21st-Century Citizenship
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21st-century Citizenship in our schools: Inspiring active and empathetic citizens in our communities.

When: Oct. 30, Nov. 6, Nov. 13 & Nov. 20
Where: Online Course
United States

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EARLY BIRD!  Register before September 20th and receive $25 off registration for event. (Note to members: the early bird price when registering will reflect your member savings and early bird savings combined).

Includes all 4 sessions: $175

Includes all 4 sessions: $275


Target Audience

 This event is for middle and upper school educators.


Event Description

The concept of Citizenship has deep historical and cultural roots in the United States. Despite our schools’ increasing global diversity, it’s imperative that community members have an understanding of the importance of what it means to be a citizen--here in the US and our other communities--so that schools can develop institutional policies and cultivate social norms consistent with the values of an empathetic and active citizenry. This course will offer participants the history and background of citizenship in the United States and how the concept has evolved over time and place. With that knowledge, we’ll investigate what values and imperatives we need for our schools at this moment in order to create communities that cultivate an actively engaged citizenship in the classroom and in our shared spaces as well as when we’re off-campus. 



Week 1 - October 30th, 6:30-8:30pm Eastern / 3:30-5:30pm Pacific

Historical and Conceptual Context for Citizenship in the United States.

We'll examine the historical roots of the concept of "Citizenship" as it evolved in the United States. We'll also take and process the US Citizenship test through the US Citizenship and Immigration Services department. 


Week 2 - November 6th, 6:30-8:30pm Eastern / 3:30-5:30pm Pacific
How has Citizenship changed in our Independent schools over time and with an increasingly global presence?

In this module, we'll consider the history of Independent schools in the United States and their relationship to "who is allowed to be a citizen in the school community and who is not." To that end, we'll follow this path through racial and gender integration in schools, the faculty/staff dynamic, the global inclusion phenomena, and digital citizenship.


Week 3 - November 13th, 6:30-8:30pm Eastern / 3:30-5:30pm Pacific
Citizenship in Action: Toward Creating an Inclusive and Actively Engaged Citizenry.

What does it mean for schools to be inclusive when it comes to citizenship? How do we inspire students and faculty to become more empathetic in their language and habits in our communities? This week will incorporate ideas from DE&I, Global Studies, Spiritual and Ethical education and Community Life practices to establish language and values for Citizenship and our communities.


Week 4 - November 20th, 6:30-8:30pm Eastern / 3:30-5:30pm Pacific
Applications for Citizenship in Schools: Classroom and Policy Considerations for Students, Faculty, and Leadership.

What does Citizenship looks like on campus? Is there a class, and if so, is it a Civics or Citizenship course? Is it stand-alone or incorporated into history courses? Is it interdisciplinary? Outside the classroom, what other elements of community living are conducive to conversations about Citizenship? We'll explore these questions and bring theory to practice and focus on the classroom, online, and community experience for our students. We'll also touch on how Citizenship plays into hiring and retaining practices for faculty and how it impacts how we train and function as leaders.


About the Presenter

Robert Munro is the Director of Global Education at Middlesex School in Concord, MA. He is also the Co-President of the Board of Directors of the Robbins House, which tells the important and complex stories of Concord’s African American history. After completing his graduate work at Michigan State University, Rob began as a history teacher, coach, and archivist at Middlesex School. Rob writes, gives talks, and offers workshops on creating inclusive school communities, how to have difficult conversations, and citizenship education at both the high school and college level. He has developed two signature courses at Middlesex: Dialogues across Differences and Citizenship in Civil Societies. Both courses examine how we can bridge differences through empathetic communication and active participation in our many communities (local, national, global, digital) and why it is necessary to engage in these, often, difficult interactions in order to truly create inclusive communities.


Online Course Format

CSEE online courses are done on Zoom, and include a mix of presentation and group discussion. Participants with computer cameras can share their faces if they wish to enhance the personal experience. A few days out from the event, CSEE will send the link to log into the meeting.


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