Civics Forum Discussed Issues of Civics Education in Louisiana

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PRIME TIME, Inc. hosted a symposium featuring K-12 educators, policy makers, and literacy advocates. Educators in attendance were offered practical strategies for enhancing civic education for Louisiana students as well as resources available for integrating civic education into classroom lessons. Click here for access to educator resources.

The panel was moderated by Barry Erwin, President and CEO, Council for A Better Louisiana. He questioned the panel on strategies, resources, programs and initiatives currently available in Louisiana and discussed their impact to date. The panel included Dr. Margaret-Mary Sulentic Dowell, Associate Professor, School of
Education, College of Human Sciences and Education, Louisiana State University; G. Howard Hunter, Academic Dean of Metairie Park Country Day School; and Rebecca Hamilton, Director of The State Library of Louisiana.

The forum marked the launch of a new PRIME TIME book series, “A More Perfect Union: Civic Education for American Families.” The humanities themes within this series are taken directly from the Preamble to the Constitution of the United States. Via exploration of books, web-based video, online primary source documents, and news stories, participants will be guided to identify, and examine American principles and values while connecting them to current issues and events. Learn more about the civic education project here.

This project is sponsored by the National Endowment for the Humanities (NEH) and its Common Good initiative. Additional support for associated programming comes from the Shell Corporation, Follett Educational Services, Target, and the Air Liquide Foundation.