Professional Development for Teachers
The Institute continues to conduct an annual seminar in civic education for teachers. Based at Queens College since 1995, this program of professional development enrolls about 35 educators from the metropolitan region. Drawing on the disciplines of the Institute’s co-directors, and following the Institute’s traditional model, the seminars include three components:
* The latest political science research in areas such as elections, foreign policy, political socialization, and media literacy;
* The most recent and innovative civic education pedagogy, with the emphasis on active learning;
* The opportunity to hear and interact with political practitioners including elected officials from both parties such as Melinda Katz (New York City Council, Democrat) and Serphin Maltese (New York State Senate, Long Island, Republican), political consultants such as David Garth and Joel Benenson, and journalists such as Ethan Bronner, deputy foreign editor of the New York Times.
This combination has proved very effective; teachers rate the Seminar among their best professional development experiences and their written teaching projects are of consistently high quality.
The Institute has also conducted professional development workshops in the area of economics, sponsored by the —-, and in the area of election simulations (see below), sponsored by the Tribune Foundation and the New York Community Trust, and in the area of the conflict in the Middle East, sponsored by the Ford Foundation. Hundreds of teachers have participated in these workshops over the last ten years.