Summer Institute

Join educators from around the country to connect to high-quality curriculum and inspiring, professional development led by experienced Action Civics teachers.

Each summer, educators from districts around the country engage in interactive workshops to deeply explore Mikva’s Action Civics pedagogy and process. Participants learn practical skills for improving student engagement and academic performance by harnessing the power of student voice, social emotional learning, authentic civic action and democratic classrooms and schools.

The Summer Institute is designed to be responsive to current demands on educators and administrators. Participants have the opportunity to learn from their peers, see examples of student voice in action, and work collaboratively with district teams to plan their own customized youth civic engagement and instruction plan. The Summer Institute features our highly regarded curricula including Mikva’s new Issues to Action units with added lessons on equity and engagement and news literacy. These lessons help students learn how to take informed action in their communities and the lessons will support teachers in guiding students through a high quality, project based learning process.

Participants choose one of three pathways at the Institute:

Pathway 1: Introductory – Action Civics 101

Recommended For

Educators new to Action Civics, or teachers who may have only participated in Project Soapbox.

Participants in this cohort will:

  • Explore the framework and founding principles of Action Civics pedagogy
  • Examine strategies for Creating a Democratic Classroom
  • Explore Project Soapbox and Issues to Action curricula

Pathway 2: Immersive– Action Civics 201

Recommended For

Educators with some experience implementing Mikva Challenge curriculum beyond Project Soapbox who are interested in expanding the scope of their action civics instruction as well as refining their practice.

Participants will:

  • Examine updates to Elections in Action and Issues to Action and explore additional Mikva curricula
  • Participate in learning labs with colleagues to examine problems of practice and share successes across classrooms.
  • Explore ways to expand Action Civics beyond their classrooms — with their colleagues and across their school/district.

Pathway 3: Administrative — Leadership Teams

Recommended For

School and district leaders interested in developing a comprehensive plan to integrate Action Civics practices and programs across schools and across disciplines.

Participants will:

  • Explore action civics as a tool for addressing equity within classrooms and the district
  • Examine existing assets, develop a vision for success and build the foundation for sustainable incorporation of Action Civics
  • Explore ways to connect schools to the community and to engage the students in real world learning
  • Develop strategies for hosting authentic and transformative youth events that connect community leaders and organizations with students in powerful ways.
  • Identify authentic assessment tools measuring a multitude of outcomes

Youth Leaders in Action: A Pre Institute Opportunity

Held a day before the Institute, participants observe Mikva students in action. Learn about Mikva’s Youth Policy Councils and visit them during their “Think Tank Summer” process. Then debrief and create your own vision for utilizing youth voice for policy change in your schools, neighborhoods, organizations and cities.

Check back in December 2019 for more details on the Action Civics Summer Institute 2020!

To learn more about partnership opportunities, contact

Brian Brady