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CCSS 2022 Speakers

Exhibit Hall

Leading to Listen: A Youth Led Conversation on Civic Imagination, Activism, and Empathy in Classrooms and Communities

Opening Keynote
Friday, February 24
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Nicole Mirra

There has been a renewed focus on engaging young people in civic life and the roles that schools play in this process as of late. Yet, traditional approaches to civic education have yet to encompass a holistic and future oriented paradigm of democracy grounded in empathy, imagination, and justice. As young people demand involvement in building worlds that move us away from the realities they often face in school (e.g. the school to prison pipeline, a lack of access to the arts, and a dearth of mental health supports) educators and schools have an opportunity to radically rethink what civics education can become alongside them.  Join our panel of youth leaders as they discuss their journeys into civic action, community organizing, and youth activism. Come hear their visions for better worlds, how educators can support these visions, and how civic education can be integrated across all content areas to meet this moment of change. 

Check out Nicole Mirra and Antero Garcia’s forthcoming book Civics for the World to Come: Committing to Democracy in Every Classroom from Norton Professional Books. 
Nicole Mirra
Professor of Urban Education, Rutgers University
Kenneth Mason

Anti-racist facilitator - Sojourn Project

Fellow - Bailey-Sullivan Leadership Institute

Nicole Mirra is an Associate Professor of Urban Teacher Education in the Department of Learning & Teaching at the Rutgers University Graduate School of Education. She previously taught secondary literacy and debate in Brooklyn, New York and Los Angeles, California. Her research utilizes participatory design methods in classroom, community, and digital spaces to collaboratively create civic learning environments with youth and educators that disrupt discourses and structures of racial injustice and creatively compose liberatory social futures.  Her books include Educating for Empathy: Literacy Learning and Civic Engagement (Teachers College Press, 2018), Doing Youth Participatory Action Research: Transforming Inquiry with Researchers, Educators, and Students (Routledge, 2015), and the upcoming Civics for the World to Come: Committing to Democracy in Every Classroom (Norton, 2023). 
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