Welcome to the 3rd Annual Massachusetts Civic Learning Week (March 6-10, 2023)!

Civic Learning Week 2023 seeks to highlight the importance of civic education in sustaining and strengthening constitutional democracy in the United States.

By highlighting the civic knowledge, skills, and dispositions that provide the foundation for an informed and engaged populace, Civic Learning Week seeks to further energize the movement for renewed civic education across Massachusetts and the nation.

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Monday, March 6 • 3:30pm - 4:30pm
Civics Interviews: Lessons from a Youth Journalism Program

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This event is organized by WriteBoston.

Civics education in general and civics action projects specifically will inevitably entail developing effective research skills. According to the MA Civics Project Guidebook,  the goals of the research and investigation stage are to: "(1) develop common language and knowledge on the issue, including the range of perspectives on the issue, and (2) learn about the possible root causes of the issue." The guidance continues: "students should also not limit themselves to traditional research online and in libraries; rather, they should survey community members and interview community experts in order to gather the most pertinent, localized information on how this issue or topic manifests in the community...and what can be done about it to create lasting, systemic change."

For many years, the Teens In Print (TiP) journalism program has been working with youth to successfully conduct interviews with community members and leaders. In this workshop, Elvis, a TiP Youth Program Facilitator is teaming up with Liz, a WriteBoston Instructional Coach, to present best practices, lessons learned, resources, materials and inspiration for educators who want to bring this practice into their classrooms. We will address everything from setting up and preparing for the interview, to initial outreach and communications as well as logistics of conducting the interview and using the interview in writing. Educators will leave our workshop prepared to engage students in this truly meaningful and authentic research endeavor as part of their civics educational experience.

Please note that an additional registration step is required for this event. Please register for this event here to receive the Zoom meeting details.


Monday March 6, 2023 3:30pm - 4:30pm EST