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“Separate and Unequal in 1963″ Forum – Notasulga High School

On February 20 and 27, 2015, students at Notasulga High School pondered some of the most difficult, challenging, and influential decisions made in the past one hundred years. Is the potential sacrifice worth the achievement of equality? Ninth and tenth grade students assumed the roles of citizens living in 1963 Birmingham, Alabama, to answer that very question. Using the “Separate and Unequal in 1963: How Can We Create a Fair Society?” issue guide created by the David Mathews Center for Civic Life and Alabama Public Television, students pondered the following three options to overcome the issue of racial inequality in…

 

Students’ Institute 2014 – 2015

On February 17, over fifty 4th – 12th grade students from Montevallo public and home schools participated in the fourth field trip of Students’ Institute 2014 – 2015. Students’ Institute provides opportunities for young people to deepen their understanding of active citizenship and build skills for more effective civic engagement. The David Mathews Center for Civic Life and the University of Montevallo Office of Service Learning and Community Engagement coordinate Students’ Institute. The two-hour field trip began with civic skill-building games that prompted students to make decisions, weigh tradeoffs, and involve all of their peers. Following each activity, the students engaged…

 

“Citizenship Day” with OMK and NG Child, Youth, & School Services

On Saturday, February 7, 2015, the David Mathews Center partnered with the Alabama National Guard Child, Youth, and School Services and Alabama Operation: Military Kids to convene a “Citizenship Day” as part of their annual Youth Leadership Retreat. DMC Acting Executive Director Cristin Foster and Jean O’Connor-Snyder Intern Lydia Godwin facilitated the daylong workshop. Nineteen youth between the ages of 12 – 18 participated in the engaging retreat for children of military service members. After spending a brief period getting to know one another, Cristin led the group in exploring the meaning of citizenship. The students were first given the opportunity to…

 

Coffee County Minding Our Future Forum

On Wednesday, February 4, DMC staff moderated an Alabama Issues Forums on “Minding Our Future: Investing in Healthy Infants and Toddlers” in New Brockton, Alabama with members of Coffee County Youth Leadership. Over 20 high school juniors from across Coffee County gathered at the Coffee County Complex to deliberate through three unique approaches to investing in healthy infants and toddlers. Following a word of welcome and introductions, participants reviewed an introduction to early childhood development authored by Dr. Ellen Abell of Auburn University for the Mathews Center’s Minding Our Future issue guide. The group then watched a brief video from…

 

Sylacauga Minding Our Future Forum

On January 26th, Mathews Center staff joined Margaret Morton of SAFE Sylacauga to convene and moderate an Alabama Issues Forum on Minding Our Future: Investing in Healthy Infants and Toddlers. Community members and service providers from Sylacauga and beyond met at the B.B. Comer Memorial Library to deliberate through three unique approaches to addressing early childhood development and health in Alabama. The group first overviewed a brief introduction to the issue written by Dr. Ellen Abell of Auburn University for DMC’s Minding Our Future issue guide. Participants then watched a short video from the Center on the Developing Child at Harvard University…

 

Teachers’ Institute 2015

On January 15th and 16th, the Mathews Center partnered with Alabama Public Television (APT) and A+ Education Partnership to convene Teachers’ Institute 2015 at the American Village in Montevallo, Alabama. DMC staff, community partners, and nearly 35 educators from across the state participated in a two-day, interactive professional development experience designed to equip teachers with skills and tools to increase active civic learning in the classroom and beyond. Institute participants and panelists represented the following school systems and organizations: Fairfield City Schools, Mountain Brook School District, Shelby County Schools, Birmingham City Schools, Sylacauga City Schools, Talladega County Schools, Jefferson County Schools, Boaz…