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Civic Engagement Partnership: EWU & West Valley School District

2016 Civics Conference: February 19th

"How Do I Gather Information to Form an Argument or Make a Decision?"

Group shot of the West Valley students at the Civics Conference on Roos Field

More photos                        In the Eagle News! 

Keynote speakers Dr. Terry MacMullan and Dr. Kevin Decker gave a (seriously) funny presentation, clearing brush from the ranch of American political life, making points about critical thinking in politics, the reliability of sources, and how people can become biased.  Guest speaker Washington Supreme Court Justice Debra Stephens provided an engaging presentation on using critical thinking to gather reliable information, develop sound arguments, and make responsible decisions.

Keynote speakers for civics conference: Terry MacMillan and Kevin Decker; Guest speaker Justice Stevens

In this annual student-centered civics conference, EWU collaborated with the West Valley School District to engage students ranging from 4th-12th grade in age-appropriate activities and discussions. During an "Eager Eagle" lunch, students collaborated to develop ways to take what they learned back to their schools. Finally, they toured the campus, met our mascot Swoop out on the red Roos Field (or Inferno), and had a group photo taken.

Past Civics Conferences at EWU 

Partnership for Civic Engagement: Philosophy and Guiding Statement

Civic Thinkers Members

Jim Williams and another DLN member recently presented at the National Service Learning Conference in Atlanta, GA. To view the powerpoint presentation please click the "Role of School Boards NYLC 2011" link on the NCLC website.

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