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Civics Literacy Leadership Institute

Event Information


Collaborative for Educational Services | 97 Hawley Street | Northampton, MA

Date & Time

Oct 15, 2019 | 4:15 pm to 6:45 pm Oct 22, 2019 | 4:15 pm to 6:45 pm

Tuesday, October 15, 2019 - 4:15pm to Tuesday, May 26, 2020 - 6:45pm

With the adoption of the Massachusetts 2018 History and Social Science Framework, history and social studies teachers will be expected to implement the new shifts in the standards, which includes a special emphasis on civics education and engagement at all grade levels. To assist teachers with these implementation goals, WMWP is offering a Civics Literacy Leadership Institute during the 2019-2020 school year to help teachers as they incorporate the new standards into their curricula; prepare students for college, career, and civic readiness; and become leaders in their schools or districts. Priority will be given to applicants whose responsibilities include teaching K-12 social studies, civics, or history, and who aspire to teacher leadership. This institute will provide an opportunity for participants not just to teach civic engagement, but to practice and model it in preparation for a variety of leadership opportunities. Participants will:

  • Have opportunities to improve their own writing and their teaching of writing, including argument
  • Reflect on the kinds of leaders they would like to be (curriculum, school improvement, community action
  • Tap resources from Library of Congress and Emerging America
  • Conduct research in their chosen areas, connect it to their practice, and create and implement action plans
  • Receive mentoring, gain confidence, and experience opportunities to lead in a supportive community
  • Emerge as change agents and effective advocates for students.

Participants will learn and practice strategies to teach civics, create model lessons, engage in action research, and design and present professional development workshops for an audience of their peers to prepare for leadership in their schools, districts, and broader professional communities. Readings will include professional literature and articles on current civic issues. Participants who complete the institute will earn the WMWP Teacher-Consultant credential and become eligible to facilitate WMWP professional development programs.

Audience: The institute is designed for PK-12 social studies teachers and others interested in civics education

Sessions: The institute will meet Tuesdays, 4:15 to 6:45 p.m., on October 15 and 29, November 12, 2019; January 7 and 21, February 4 and 25, March 10 and 24, April 7 and 28, May 12 and 26, 2020; and online.

Location: Collaborative for Educational Services, 97 Hawley Street, Northampton, MA (I-91, Exit 18 or 19)

Credit: 90 PDPs (UMass Amherst graduate credits optional: Fall, 1 credit @ $147; Spring, 3 credits @ $347)

Instructors: Leslie Skantz-Hodgson, Smith Vocational & Agricultural High School (Library); Simon Leutz, Amherst Regional High School (Social Studies); and Karen Pleasant, Stoneleigh-Burnham School (History)

Cost: $500 per participant (plus textbook), payable by credit card, check, or school/district purchase order

To register: By purchase order, please contact the WMWP PD Coordinator at By credit card or check, click Program Registration. Registration is limited to 20.

Questions? Contact Leslie at

Download the institute flyer:

PDF icon Civics Literacy Leadership Institute Flyer 2019.pdf