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Webinar: Election Year Social Studies

Thanks to all who attended our webinar yesterday! inquirED and the National Council for the Social Studies have two upcoming webinars that might be of interest to you:

  • When Covid-19 Closes Your School: Ideas and Suggestions for Social Studies Instruction | Wednesday, March 25th at 3:30 pm/CST.


  • Distance Learning Strategies: Using Primary Sources from the Library of Congress with The QFT and other Inquiry Practices | Wednesday, April 8th @ 3:30 pm/CST.


During the webinar, we explored the challenges, ideas, and best practices associated with teaching the 2020 Election. We were honored to be joined by Dr. Paula McAvoy and Stefanie Wager. You can find their bios at the end of today's post.

We mentioned a lot of resources during the webinar and promised that we'd share them with you. See below for the list!

Discussion and Collaboration Resources

Instructional Strategies Guide

  • Strategies compiled from panelist Stefanie Wager

  • Matching classrooms of diverse political orientations for discussion

Cult of Pedagogy

  • A list of discussion strategies from Cult of Pedagogy

Making Thinking Visible

  • Visible Thinking is a research-based approach to teaching thinking, begun at Harvard's Project Zero, that develops students' thinking dispositions,

Street Law

  • Deliberations allow teachers to help students cooperatively discuss contested political issues by carefully considering multiple perspectives and searching for consensus.

The Political Classroom

  • Diana E. Hess and Paula McAvoy argue that schools are, and ought to be, political sites -places that engage students in deliberations about questions that ask, “How should we live together?”

Organizations with Election Resources


  • iCivics works to ensure every student in America receives a quality and engaging civic education and graduates from high school well prepared and enthusiastic for citizenship

Civics Renewal Network

  • Explore thousands of high-quality, no-cost learning materials from our network of partners.

C-SPAN Classroom

Finally, if you were not able to attend the webinar, please view the recording below.

Dr. Paula McAvoy is an assistant professor in the college of education at North Carolina State University. Her research focuses on philosophical and practical questions concerning the relationship between schools and democratic society. Recent publications such as “Should teachers share their political views in the classroom?” and “Polarized Classrooms.”

Stefanie Wager is the President-Elect of the National Council for the Social Studies and serves as a Social studies Consultant for the Iowa Department of Education. She has served as a classroom social studies teacher in the US and Mexico and as the coordinator of a Teaching American History Grant.

Martin Andrews has taught for 20 years at the K-12 and college levels. As a Social Studies and Latin teacher in Ohio, he developed narrative-based middle school Latin and high school World History curricula. Martin co-founded Working Group Theatre, helping to create over 15 original plays to educate children and adults. His work has received support from the National Endowment for the Arts, The National Endowment for the Humanities, The Metlife Foundation, and others. Martin joined inquirED in December 2017.