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!
The 2017-18 Jean O’Connor-Snyder (JOIP) cohort is accomplishing some incredible work in partnership with communities across Alabama! Check out their progress below!
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.
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.
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 »
“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 »
2017-18 Civic Fellow Jessica Holdnak reflects on her service year thus far. Read More »
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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