Unleashing Your Inner Superhero
Identifying a problem and devising a solution is a vital skill in a participatory democracy. Capitalizing on youth’s concerns about the environment, Action Citizen works to develop the civic skills needed to make a difference—releasing an inner superhero. Employing game-based learning and digital analysis of primary sources, this free interactive introduces citizens who have made a difference and lead students to identify their own passions. We will play through one AC topic, clean water, analyzing a key primary source and the actions of citizen superheroes. For example, Dr. Hanna-Attisha and the worried mothers who exposed Flint’s contaminated water. Beyond building critical thinking skills and learning about environmental legislation, we will focus on how classes can identify a project topic and develop an action plan for inside or outside the classroom. Teachers will leave with specific steps for moving from inquiry to action. Easily adapts for inclusion of all learners.
Elizabeth R. Osborn, Education Director at the Indiana University Center on Representative Government. She is part of a team that created the award-winning free civics interactives Engaging Congress, Freedom Summer 1964, and the Center’s latest project, Action Citizen. Dr. Osborn is responsible for curriculum development, facilitating workshops, and presents regularly at conferences. Dr. Osborn received her Ph.D. in U.S. History from Indiana University in 2004. Before joining the Center, she was the creator of the Indiana Supreme Court’s nationally recognized education outreach program, Courts in the Classroom. In addition, she taught at Indiana University, served as a teaching consultant, and taught high school social studies in Honolulu, Hawaii.