Education for Sustainable Democracy

Brett Levy

This show explores how we can prepare the next generation for informed civic engagement, environmental stewardship, and the development of a more just and peaceful world. Host Brett Levy is a researcher of civic and environmental education and an associate professor at the University at Albany, State University of New York. Episodes feature interviews with leaders, innovators, and scholars in civic and environmental education. You’ll hear about new classroom-based and online practices that generate students’ involvement in public issues, youth-adult partnerships that improve communities, what research tells us about how to broaden young people’s engagement in environmental issues, and more. Please subscribe and tell a friend about the show. For information about upcoming episodes, guests, and more, please visit www.esdpodcast.org. Thank you!
A Congressional Bill to Strengthen Civic Education, with Cat McDonald (DC Lobbyist for Civic Ed)Online Technologies to Enhance Student Learning: Possibilities & Perils, with Dan Krutka (University of North Texas)
How can technology enhance students' engagement in classroom learning? When are technologies helpful, and when are they harmful? In this episode, I talk to Dr. Dan Krutka, associate professor of social studies education at the University of North Texas. Dan's research sits at the intersection of technology, education, and democracy. We discuss how teachers can decide which technologies would strengthen their teaching or whether technologies would even be helpful at all. We also discuss many specific online tools and how they can be useful for enhancing student engagement and learning. In our conversation, Dan touches on a variety of other issues, as well, such as how to teach effectively in online learning environments when students are home during COVID lockdowns. This month marks the first anniversary of Education for Sustainable Democracy. Thank you for your support over the past year!Links Related to this Episode:Dan Krutka's HomepagePICRAT Model for Tech Integration in Teacher Ed (CITE Journal)Glenn Wiebe's Blog - Technology in Social Studies Ed Teacher Resources:Padlet Site (digital creation tool)DocsTeach Site (primary sources & activities)Chronicling America (historical newspapers)Smithsonian Learning Labs (documents, recordings, images, & more)The Redistricting Game (simulation about gerrymandering)ESD Podcast Resources:Education for Sustainable Democracy SiteBrett's Open Access Research ArticlesEducation for Sustainable Democracy Facebook Page (Please Like!)Support the show (https://www.patreon.com/esdpodcast)
Oct 7 2021
40 mins
First Anniverary & Looking Ahead
This podcast turns one year old this October! Happy anniversary, and thanks for your support! New episodes are in the works, so please stay tuned. As you know, I try to release a new show towards the beginning of each month, and there are some good ones coming up, including shows on technology for the social studies classroom, civically engaged districts, and proposed federal legislation to support civic learning. As we celebrate this first anniversary milestone, I'm hoping to continue expanding the show's reach. Could you please help me spread the word about the show? (We have no publicity wing, so you're it! Consider this a form of civic engagement. :)Below are four ways you can help. If you could do one or two of them, I'd greatly appreciate it! 1. Rate the show in your podcast app. (Five stars would be great!) More good ratings will help push the show out to new potential listeners!2. "Like" the show's Facebook Page by clicking here. 3. Share your favorite episode (or the show as a whole) with a friend, colleague, or family member. You can do this by finding the share button in your podcast app (usually an arrow) or by sending a link directly to recipients. Here you can find links to individual episodes and a link to the show's website that you can cut-and-paste into an email or text message.  4. Make a small donation to the show on Patreon. This will help me pay for web hosting, mastering, and technology for the show. Also, with enough support, I can hire a sound editor. If someone helps me with editing, I can produce more shows for you all! (I plan to upload exclusive content for all Patreon supporters soon!)Thank you so much! You can email me anytime at esdpodcast@gmail.com. Have a great day!Support the show (https://www.patreon.com/esdpodcast)
Sep 27 2021
3 mins
How Textbooks & Teachers Have Taught about September 11th & Its Aftermath, with Jeremy Stoddard (University of Wisconsin, Madison)Teaching Social & Historical Issues through Film: Trends & Challenges, with Jeremy Stoddard (University of Wisconsin - Madison)
Aug 5 2021
46 mins
Combatting Misinformation in the Classroom, with John Silva and Miriam Romais (News Literacy Project)Helping Youth Become Critical News Consumers, with John Silva and Miriam Romais (News Literacy Project)Play it Safe or Take a Risk?: Tradeoffs & Decisions in Teaching Controversial Issues, with Judy Pace (University of San Francisco)Learning to Teach Controversial Issues, with Judy Pace (University of San Francisco)Integrating History and Current Events & Creating an Open Classroom Climate, with Amber Joseph (East Side Community School, NYC)
In today’s political climate, how can teachers create safe spaces for discussing controversial public issues? How should they guide students to explore potentially emotion-laden current events, such as police shootings of unarmed African-Americans? And how can history teachers integrate current events into their curricula? Amber Joseph has been a public school social studies teacher in New York City for about a decade, and she currently teaches 8th grade history and civics at East Side Community School in Manhattan. She love her job and thinks a big part of it is helping her students navigate challenging issues, consider differing perspectives, and realize their potential as civic participants. In our conversation, she shares her views and experiences, including integrating history and civics instruction, teaching about the Black Lives Matter Movement, keeping it real with students, and what keeps her coming back to teach each year. Resources Related to this EpisodeWebinar on Discussing Controversial Issues in Classrooms, featuring Amber, Brett, & Others (Democracy Ready NY Coalition)Amber's Article on Pandemic Teaching (New York Review of Books)Brett's Article on Generating Dynamic Classroom Discussions (The Social Studies)Education for Sustainable Democracy SiteESD Facebook Page (Please like!)ESD Patreon Page (Small donations sustain this podcast. Thanks!)Related ESD EpisodesVoice from the Classroom: Teaching the Capitol Riot in a Politically Diverse High School (with Lauren Collet-Gildard, Arlington High School)Guiding Productive Political Discussions, with Diana Hess (University of Wisconsin-Madison)Teaching Elections & Modeling Political Tolerance, with Wayne Journell (University of North Carolina at Greensboro)Engagement & Equity in Civic Education, with Professor Jane Lo (Michigan State University)--Please Support ESD by Donating on Patreon - Thanks!
May 6 2021
45 mins
Responding to this Moment & Expanding Youth Civic Action, with Elizabeth Clay Roy (Generation Citizen)
Apr 6 2021
41 mins
Earth Force & Environmental Citizenship, with Alexis Thorbecke (Program Manager at Earth Force)Learning to Care for Our Community Environments, with Ethan Lowenstein (Eastern Michigan University & Southeast Michigan Stewardship Coalition)Voice from the Classroom: Teaching the Capitol Riot in a Politically Diverse High School (with Lauren Collet-Gildard, Arlington High School)Teaching about the Capitol Riot - Context, Potential Impacts, & Moving Forward, with James Hartwick (University of Wisconsin - Whitewater)Guiding Productive Political Discussions, with Diana Hess (University of Wisconsin-Madison)Past & Future of the Electoral College, with Thomas Patterson (Harvard), Jack Rakove (Stanford), Henry Brady (UC-Berkeley), and Keith Whittington (Princeton)Teaching Elections & Modeling Political Tolerance, with Wayne Journell (University of North Carolina at Greensboro)Youth Exploring Public Issues & Taking Action, with Jill Bass (Mikva Challenge)Teaching Elections Website Overview (Mini-Episode)
This mini-episode provides an overview of a new site that Brett Levy designed to help educators teach about the election: www.teachingelections.orgThe site includes downloadable lesson plans, research articles, and links to various other resources, with new content added every few days until Election Day. The lesson plans featured on the site were designed to be interactive, engaging, inquiry-oriented, and content-rich. For example, one lesson is framed with the simple but important question – Which Candidate Should We Elect and Why? – and has students explore their own political identities, the candidates’ positions on issues, and then which candidate better matches their own issue preferences. The site also contains a set of inquiry-based lessons related to the financing of political campaigns and a brand new lesson on how to have a fair election during a period of social distancing.   In addition to these lessons, the site has a page full of links to other great materials for learning about elections, including online election games from iCivics, lessons on voting rights from Generation Citizen, guidance on how to maintain a positive classroom environment during discussions of controversial issues, and an interactive electoral college map from the New York Times. And for those who love research, the site also has a page containing free, downloadable papers on what researchers have learned about teaching elections.  This is all available for free at www.teachingelections.org Young people are hearing all sorts of things about the election, and this site provides materials to help them explore the facts in an engaging way.  If you’re an educator, please check it out, and if you like what you see, remember to share it with a colleague. The election's right around the corner, and this is a great time to generate young people's interest in public issues. Thanks!Support the show (https://www.patreon.com/esdpodcast)
Oct 11 2020
1 min