Active Citizenship: How to Help Students Be Active Citizens to Make Change Happen

Active Citizenship: How to Help Students Be Active Citizens to Make Change Happen

May 9th

Online Course

May 4 – June 1, 2018

Receive 1 License Renewal credit
from Iowa State Education Association
ISEA Members – No Fee
Non-Members – $25.00


This is the age of epic political turbulence from the fracturing of major political parties, to the speed of bottom-up student movements. Young people across the country have recently advocated against the criminalization of youth in schools, tracking, and punitive discipline policies; and in favor of gun control, LGBTQ rights, and a National Bill of Student Rights. In early February, youth across the country took part in a national Black Lives Matter Week of Action in Our Schools, where they demanded an end to zero tolerance and the implementation of restorative justice practices; the hiring of more black teachers; and a mandate for black history/ethnic studies in K-12 schools. The incredible young people who are leading the fight in Parkland are building on a deep history of youth activism in this country and organizing marches and a strong political presence for change.

How do today’s educators help strengthen the knowledge and skill base for students to understand power structures, how to make change in the world, and how they can be more powerful in public life. This course focuses on the work of Eric Liu and the understanding of sources of power and change mechanisms. Educators will develop lesson plans to be shared and discuss relevant topics to this issue.

This course is presented as a self-paced format. Participants are expected to access the course and post regularly (at least once a week) and make reasonable progress. There are weekly due dates for assignments in this 4-week course.


Required Text:

You’re More Powerful Than You Think: A Citizens Guide to Making Change Happen, Eric Liu 2017. Published by Public Affairs.
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ISEA IA License Renewal credit is recognized by the IA Board of Educational Examiners (BOEE)