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  1. Common Bonds: Collective Purpose and Civic Resilience in Uncertain Times

    The Mathews Center will host its annual Civic Institute on August 21st, 2020. The event will be held entirely online. The theme of this year’s event is Common Bonds: Collective Purpose and Civic Resilience in Uncertain Times.

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  2. 2020 Innovators in Civic Education Fellows

    The DMC hosted its second annual Innovators in Civic Education Teacher Fellows workshop on July 23 and 24. Teacher Fellows assist the DMC in educational programming by providing valuable insight on how to create the most relevant and useful resources for educators, both in the classroom and the community. This year, our Fellows met remotely to receive training on a variety of civic education methods and programs. DMC Education Director Gabrielle Lamplugh explored the pedagogy of deliberation, former JOIP intern and Montevallo Junior City Council member Samuel Reece spoke on the role of student-led government in communities, DMC staff contributor Jessica Holdnak discussed the ins-and-outs of crafting historic and contemporary issue guides, and Dr. John Giggie shared how he incorporates place-based learning through “History of Us,” an African American History course at the University of Alabama. Read More »

  3. Stories for Civic Skill Building: Our Favorite Books

    For the last few weeks, we’ve been focusing on different ways to use stories as a tool for civic skill-building. I hope the blogs about music and film offered a few helpful resources for using stories to encourage empathy, perspective-taking, and global awareness. Today, I will be sharing some of the DMC staff’s favorite books for civic skill building.

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  4. Stories for Civic Skill Building: Films for Fresh Perspective

    Like most of the world, I’ve spent a lot more time using streaming services recently. The other night I surprised myself by binging four straight hours of the Smithsonian Channels “America in Color.” It got me thinking about the often-overlooked potential of film and media in the classroom.Not only can film communicate content knowledge, but it can also be a tool for cultivating important civic skills like empathy, global awareness, and perspective-taking. 

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  5. Alabama Talks Back: Public Health & Social Isolation

    In this first installment of Alabama Talks Back, we explore the connection between public health and social isolation. Our guests are Kristin Boggs, Executive Director of the Albert Schweitzer Fellowship, and Carson Klein, graduating medical student (UAB ’20) and Schweitzer Fellow!

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    Exploring Our Unconventional Oasis: Montevallo Students’ Institute

    In the unconventional oasis of Montevallo, there is a broad range of educational opportunities. From Pre-K to a master’s degree, you can achieve a quality education at an affordable price. With this opportunity, the city hopes that young people in the education system would be willing to voice their opinion on how to better the city. The town receives opinions from University students, but not the youth of the city. This is where the Montevallo Students’ Institute is essential in uplifting youth voices and making an impact on the community.

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  7. Stories for Civic Skill Building: Music

    Nearly as old as humankind, music is one excellent storytelling teaching tool. And, more than any other form of storytelling, music has a unique power to evoke feeling. When we listen to music our brains “light up,” triggering responses from the parts of our brain that are associated with movement, planning, attention, and memory. Read More »

  8. Using Stories as a Tool for Civic Skill Building

    In social studies and specifically, civics, a students’ proficiency is often determined by whether they know “the facts”: the signers of the Declaration of Independence, the Bill of Rights, how a bill becomes a law. It is certainly important for students to study this information. After all, studying history helps us make informed decisions about our future. But, if we compartmentalize mastering civics and social studies to memorizing timelines, historical figures, or facts, we are missing out on the opportunity we have to prepare students for active citizenship. Read More »

  9. Bringing the Museum Home: Online Learning Exhibits

    The David Mathews Center offers issue guides for classroom discussion on historical events in Alabama history, including the Creek War, women’s suffrage, and the Civil Rights movement. While the issue guides are an excellent starting point for discussing the difficult choices citizens made during these events, here are a few resources for taking your learning even farther. Read More »

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    New Video Series: “Alabama Talks Back”

    Our new video series, Alabama Talks Back, highlights the creative strategies being developed by community leaders and everyday Alabamians as they adapt to the challenges that come with social distancing.

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