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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. 

Talia Laing

Jun 7, 2021

N.C. Council for the Social Studies Student Teacher of the Year Talia Laing ’20MAT Hopes to Facilitate Diplomatic Discussion and Create Opportunities in Her Classroom for Students To View Historical and Contemporary Issues from Other Perspectives

As an undergraduate student studying archaeology, Talia Laing ’20MAT had the opportunity to participate in overseas excavations, which magnified her love of history. She plans to bring those experiences into her future classroom, teaching students how to learn history from different angles -- a philosophy that helped earn her the 2020-2021 N.C. Council for the Social Studies Student Teacher of the Year honor. 

NC State College of Education Associate Professor Meghan Manfra, Ph.D.

Apr 20, 2021

Articles from Associate Professor Meghan Manfra Highlight Professional Development, Digital Instruction Challenges for Social Studies Teachers During the Pandemic

Associate Professor Meghan Manfra, Ph.D., has always believed in the importance of considering teachers’ insider knowledge. Her recent work with Wake County Public School System teachers is highlighted in two recently published articles that showcase professional development work and the challenges in delivering high-quality digital instruction during the COVID-19 pandemic. 

A panel of experts discussed ways educators can respond to the violence at the U.S. Capitol during a webinar hosted by the Friday Institute for Educational Innovation

Jan 15, 2021

College of Education Faculty, Alumni Offer Advice on How to Discuss Violence at U.S. Capitol with Students

As the world watched the violent attacks at the U.S. Capitol Building unfold Jan. 6, many educators were left wondering, “what does teaching require of us in this moment?” That question was one of several explored by a group of panelists during the “Responding to Insurrection: How Do We Talk with Students?” webinar hosted by the Friday Institute on Jan. 14, 2021. 

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.  

What is social studies? NC State College of Education Associate Professor Meghan Manfra answers the question

Oct 15, 2020

Ask the Expert: What is Social Studies? A Way to Provide Students with ‘Good Background Knowledge and Skills’ to Participate in Democratic Society, Says Associate Professor Meghan Manfra

What is social studies? Associate Professor Meghan Manfra, Ph.D., explains why it’s important for students to receive a quality social studies education and how educators can use technology and address media literacy in the classroom. 

Oct 8, 2020

Dinner with Democracy Event to Engage Community in Discussion Across Differences, Provide Professional Development for Educators

With the 2020 presidential election rapidly approaching and COVID-19 restrictions continuing to limit the ways people can interact face-to-face, opportunities to engage in meaningful and productive discussions about political issues have become more scarce. Assistant Professors Paula McAvoy, Ph.D., and Christy Byrd, Ph.D., are hoping to address this through the virtual Dinner with Democracy event on Oct. 21, 2020. 

Beth Shaver

Aug 4, 2020

Gilder Lehrman North Carolina History Teacher of the Year Beth Shaver ‘24PHD: ‘Every Day I Get to Share My Passion for American History. I Get the Opportunity to be a Full-time Storyteller and Bring History to Life’

Beth Shaver ‘24PHD, an AP United States History and African American Studies teacher at Holly Springs High School and a 14-year educator, was named the 2020 North Carolina History Teacher of the Year by the Gilder Lehrman Institute.