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Taking Action

Teaching Channel Guide to Educating for Democracy

What are effective ways to take action in the digital age?

Offering youth opportunities to take informed action enables them to develop civic knowledge, build civic skills, gain experience working with others, and deepen their civic commitments. Now, in the digital era, youth can draw on digital media and online platforms to respond to issues of shared concern and mobilize others to bring about change in a variety of ways.

Educators can play a key role in supporting youth to analyze issues fully in order to identify relevant and effective tactics and strategies for action, as well as learning the skills needed to tap into the power of digital media to participate in a variety of ways. Explore the resources on this page to learn more about ways you can help your students take action.


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Encouraging Students to Take Action

Watch this video to see how ninth grade teacher Matt Colley’s students work in small groups to research and plan an action project focused on a contemporary problem.

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See how ninth grade teacher Matt Colley’s students work in small groups to research and plan an action project focused on a contemporary problem

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Geneviève Debose AkinnagbeScholar Activism

Tch Laureate Geneviève Debose Akinnagbe teaches ELA at Bronx Studio School for Writers and Artists (BSSWA) in New York City, a secondary school where teachers refer to their students as “Scholar-Activists.” She’s developed a unit on Scholar Activism for her middle school students where they researched community issues they care about, shared solutions, and connected with a range of community members.


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Engaging in Work that Matters  

In these two videos, teachers engage their students in an action project.

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Students taking action through project-based learning with an authentic audience

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Two students take action about coastal pollution and raising awareness via social media

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The first portion of this Deeper Learning video (up to 8:45) shows students taking action through project-based learning with an authentic audience.

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This Deeper Learning video profiles two students taking action about coastal pollution and raising awareness via social media.

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Resources in the ACTION moduleDigital Civics Classroom Resources

The resources in the ACTION module invite students to carefully consider a broad range of possible tactics and strategies they can take in responding to issues they care about. Students are also invited to extend their definition of what it means to take civic action in the digital age.


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Black Youth Project explores what it means to take action in the digital ageDigital Media and Struggles for Justice

Take a look at this video produced by the Black Youth Project that explores what it means to take action in the digital age. You can share this video with your students and utilize the accompanying curriculum resources.


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Grant Writing: Blending Literature and Community

In this video, Sarah Brown Wessling asks her high school students to write a grant proposal for a community organization that will address a social issue of concern and present it to a panel of community members. Check out this blog for her students’ reflections on their projects.

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To learn more about grant writing, check out this applicable course from our sister company, Learners Edge: Course 5085: Get That Grant! Grant Writing for Teachers.

 

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