Teaching Impeachment with Authenticity, Fidelity, Courage and Skill


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In this first episode of Teachable Moments, award-winning educator, and former social studies teacher turned college professor, shares research-based guidance on teaching impeachment in the classroom. She begins by explaining why it’s so important for social studies, history and civics teachers to lean into this historic and critical teachable moment to model high-quality disagreement in the classroom. #sschat #socialstudies #historyteacher #civics #medialiteracy #apgov #iCivicsEdNet
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Diana Hess became dean of UW-Madison’s School of Education on Aug. 1, 2015. Hess is only the ninth dean of the School of Education since its founding in 1930. Since 1997, she has been researching how teachers engage their students in discussions of highly controversial political and constitutional issues, and what impact this approach to civic education has on what young people learn. Her first book on this topic, Controversy in the Classroom: The Democratic Power of Discussion won the National Council for the Social Studies Exemplary Research Award in 2009. Her most recent book, The Political Classroom: Evidence and Ethics in Democratic Education, co-authored with Paula McAvoy, won the American Educational Research Association’s Outstanding Book Award in 2016 and the prestigious Grawemeyer Award in 2017. Also in 2017, Diana Hess was recognized by the National Council on Social Studies with Grambs Distinguished Career Award for Research. Professor Hess is deeply committed to working with teachers to improve the quality of democratic education in schools.

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