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CCSS 2023 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
Antero Garcia


Antero Garcia

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.
Antero Garcia
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