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    What’s Next, Clay County? Taking Action Together

    Ashland, Alabama is well-known to the DMC as a community that works together. This March, over the course of three What’s Next, Clay County? conversations, our staff became more familiar with the surrounding areas as well.

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  2. The Creek War of 1813-14: What Would You Do?

    We are pleased to announce the release of our newest historical issue guide, “The Creek War of 1813-14: What Would You Do?” This issue guide is designed for classroom deliberation on a period of Alabama history that deserves more of our attention.

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  3. 2018-19 Call for Proposals: Immersive Civic Learning in Alabama

    The David Mathews Center for Civic Life is pleased to announce our Jean O’Connor-Snyder Internship Call for Proposals for the 2018-19 academic year!

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  4. 2018 Teachers’ Institutes Kick-Off

    The David Mathews Center’s 2018 Teachers’ Institute workshops kicked off on January 12, 2018, at the Shelby County Inservice Center in Alabaster, Alabama. The workshop, which was organized by Helena High School social studies educator Laura Barnes, focused on encouraging deliberation in the classroom, in both formal deliberative forums and through developing skills that allow students to thoughtfully consider many sides of an issue.

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  5. “What’s Next, Alabama?” Teacher Workshops Announced

    During 2017 the David Mathews Center for Civic Life (DMC) partnered with communities and schools across the state to complete a total of 52 “What’s Next, Alabama?” (WNAL) forums. Thanks to a generous grant from the Alabama Bicentennial Commission, the DMC will now have the opportunity to share with teachers how they can utilize WNAL in their classrooms to engage students in conversations about Alabama’s unique history and approaching future.

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    Practicing Public Deliberation: Land of Plenty

    This series on “Practicing Public Deliberation” offers summaries of a college class deliberating together on issues of public and local concern. While there is no easy answer for the complex issues that communities face, practicing deliberation offers students the opportunity to build skills of critical thinking, public speaking, active listening, and collective decision-making – skills which generalize to any future career. Read More »

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    Civic Fellow? Marion? What’s That?

    “What I have learned so far, through this fellowship, is that questions are more powerful than answers. Asking people what they need and creating trust is more important and effective than assigning solutions.” – 2017-18 Civic Fellow Martha Grace Mize Read More »

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    A Year of Service

    2017-18 Civic Fellow Jessica Holdnak reflects on her service year thus far. Read More »

  9. The Creek Civil War: What Would You Do?

    Clarke County and the Creek War

    On October 6th representatives of the Mathews Center and Auburn University travelled to Clarke County for classroom tests on our upcoming Creek War of 1813 issue guide. We worked in classrooms in Grovehill Elementary School, Jackson Elementary, and Clarke Prep. The guide is designed to fit in to Alabama’s fourth grade Alabama History curriculum. Read More »

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