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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. 

Hands typing on a laptop covered in stickers related to voting

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. 

NC State College of Education Associate Professor Meghan Manfra

May 10, 2022

The Action Research Podcast: Teaching Inquiry and Action Research with Dr. Meghan McGlinn Manfra

NC State College of Education Associate Professor Meghan Manfra discusses action research and the process of integrating with the teacher community. 

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. 

Teacher with students

Jan 13, 2022

K-12 Dive: Study: Analyzing Historical Data Can Promote Problem Solving in Social Studies

A study by Associate Professor Meghan Manfra, suggests students can develop problem-solving skills by analyzing historical data — enhancing not only their computational thinking, but also understanding of social studies concepts. 

Student on a laptop.

Jan 6, 2022

This is How Students Can Learn Problem-Solving Skills in Social Studies

A new study led by Associate Professor Meghan Manfra offers lessons on how social studies teachers could use computational thinking and computer-based resources to analyze primary source data, such as economic information, maps or historical documents. 

NC State College of Education Associate Professor Meghan Manfra

Nov 10, 2021

Associate Professor Meghan Manfra Will Use Library of Congress Grant to Develop Skills Ladders to Help Teachers Use Primary Sources in Classrooms

Associate Professor Meghan Manfra is addressing the need to support students as they engage in historical inquiry with primary sources through a new grant from the Library of Congress. 

Nov 4, 2021

Dining with Democracy

Join us for an evening of discussion about contemporary issues facing the American public. Participants will be guided through facilitated, roundtable activities that will allow them to do something fairly… 

Civics Education illustration from Wall Street Journal

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. 

Student presents in classroom.

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.