Public Policy Research Seminar: Propagating Civic Education Practice in Illinois
Propagating Civic Education Practice in Illinois: Year 1 Implementation Efforts of Civic Education Legislation
After over a decade of advocacy and coalition building, Illinois’ new civic education law took effect in July 2016. In a large and culturally diverse state like Illinois, student populations and community contexts create complex educational ecosystems that make any sort of statewide educational reform challenging and dynamic. While educators across the state may all be working to develop and grow young people, the context and prevailing conditions in each community and school mean that adaptation and experimentation are part of any successful policy change in the educational arena. Part of a three-year implementation study conducted with a participatory action research frame, this presentation shares findings from implementation efforts during year one.
About the Speaker
Felicia M. Sullivan is a senior researcher at the Center for Information and Research on Civic Learning and Engagement (CIRCLE) in the Tisch College of Civic Life at Tufts University. Sullivan is currently leading a three-year implementation study on civic education legislation in Illinois. Her other research efforts involve the effects of institutions and community contexts on civic learning and engagement. Professor Sullivan received her PhD in public policy from the John W. McCormack Graduate School at the University of Massachusetts Boston and holds an MA in media studies from the New School for Social Research. She is also affiliated faculty with the Urban and Environmental Planning Department at Tufts and associate lecturer at UMass Boston.
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