Teaching About the 2018 Elections – Preparing Students for Political Engagement

University of Wisconsin-Madison School of Education Announces a Professional Development Conference for K-12 Teachers and Administrators September 22, 2018
8:00 a.m. – 3:30 p.m.
Grainger Hall, UW-Madison campus

What is the Teaching About the 2018 Elections Conference?

Teaching about elections is one of the best opportunities educators have to prepare young people for political engagement. Yet, we know that teachers are often unsure about how to teach about electoral politics in a way that is engaging, respectful to all points of view, and draws upon the best and most current information.

The Teaching About the 2018 Elections Conference is an exciting opportunity for K-12 teachers and administrators to:

  • learn about important election related issues
  • receive training in effective learning strategies
  • be introduced to national civic education programs and their curricula

What should I expect at the conference?

Throughout the day, participants will make choices about which breakout sessions to attend. All sessions are designed to be interactive and focused on issues related to the current elections. There will be different types of sessions to choose from:

Pedagogical strategies: These sessions will teach participants how to use particular discussion strategies or other interactive activities in the classroom. Some sessions will be designated as more appropriate for elementary teachers; others will focus on activities for middle and high school teachers.

Issue forums: These sessions are designed to educate teachers about some of the most important issues facing the U.S. and Wisconsin. Issue forums will be led by University of Wisconsin faculty with content expertise about a particular issue. These sessions will be structured to engage participants in discussions of controversial issues.

Featured curricula: Some of the most well regarded civic education organizations from around the country will be leading sessions on how to use their curricula. Participants will learn about a variety of resources and teaching techniques. 

What is the cost to attend?
Regular registration: $35 
UW System teacher education students: $10

Registration includes breakfast, lunch, and access to electronic materials and high quality curriculum to use in your classroom. 

How do I register?
Registration can be completed here: Teaching About the 2018 Elections Registration

Space is limited and spots are filling up quickly! Register as soon as possible to avoid missing out on this year’s event.

Where can I learn more about the conference?
Visit the conference website at https://elections.education.wisc.edu/ for information about featured presenters, schedule, location, parking, lodging, and more.

This conference is funded by the Gibb Democracy Education Fund and the Claudia Grams Pogreba Fund. Mary Hopkins Gibb is a 1955 School of Education alumna. Her husband Bill was a 1953 Wisconsin School of Business alumnus. Claudia Grams Pogreba is a 1970 School of Education alumna.