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Jan 26, 2023

‘Teach and Model an Open-mindedness to Competing Points of View:’ Associate Professor Paula McAvoy Shares Advice for Discussing Political Issues in the Classroom

Educators often wonder how they can discuss controversial political issues in the classroom or if these issues should even be brought up at all. NC State College of Education Associate Professor Paula McAvoy helped teachers address this question through a recent workshop entitled “Political Neutrality in the Classroom: What is it and Should I Value it?” 

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Jan 13, 2023

Chalkbeat: Book Challenges May Have ‘Chilling Effects’ on New LGBTQ Books in School Libraries, Study Finds

Associate Professor of Social Studies Education Paula McAvoy spoke with Chalkbeat about a new study out of Boston University that looked at book challenges in school districts and the effect they may have on library acquisitions. 

Oct 10, 2022

Commonwealth Club of California: Experiencing Democracy: Creating a Civic Culture in School

Associate Professor Paula McAvoy was an invited guest for this event focused on creating a civic culture in school. 

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Oct 5, 2022

Colleges Competing in Pack the Polls’ Civic Education Challenge

Colleges across NC State University will compete to see who can gain the most students to pledge to vote in the 2022 U.S. midterm elections. 

Apr 4, 2022

The New Republic: Why Teachers are Afraid to Teach History

Founded in 1971 initially to bring high school students on trips to Washington, D.C., Close Up encourages “deliberation” on heated policy questions as a way of helping students build consensus. A study of its model, published this past summer by professors at North Carolina State University and the University of North Carolina Greensboro, found that high school students felt more respected in classroom political discussions designed as deliberation rather than debate. 

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Oct 7, 2021

Publication and Presentation Roundup: A Look at Scholarly Work from College of Education Researchers from June-September 2021

Faculty and research associates at the NC State College of Education, including the Belk Center for Community College Leadership and Research and Friday Institute for Educational Innovation, are publishing their research related to pressing topics and sharing their work through national and international presentations. Take a look at presentations and publications from our faculty and research associates from June through September 2021. 

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Aug 11, 2021

The Wall Street Journal: Civics Education in Schools Gains Steam

Associate Professor of Social Studies Education Paula McAvoy says political polarization will likely make it hard for schools to adopt the Educating for American Democracy Initiative's recommendations. 

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Jul 27, 2021

Political Discussions Focused on Consensus More Comfortable, Less Divisive for Students

A study led by Associate Professor Paula McAvoy, Ph.D., found more U.S. high school students felt respected in a political discussion designed as a deliberation. 

Jan 12, 2021

The Conversation: How Should Schools Teach Kids About What Happened at the U.S. Capitol on Jan. 6? We Asked 6 Education Experts

NC State College of Education Assistant Professor Paula McAvoy, Ph.D., discusses how social studies teachers can help students understand the events that took place at the U.S. Capitol on Jan. 6 and remain informed moving forward.  

Nov 10, 2020

Harvard EdCast: Teaching Across a Political Divide

Paula McAvoy, Ph.D., an assistant professor in the NC State College of Education, has long focused her work on helping educators teach young people how to live together in this world. Educators can use the recent presidential election as a tool. In this episode of the EdCast, McAvoy discusses how to make the most of your "political" classroom.