Educating for

Civic Reasoning and Discourse

Report Release Forum

May 3, 2021, 12:00 pm – 2:00 pm EDT

Forum Agenda

12:00 pm – 1:00 pm EDT

Overview of the Report & Key Findings and Recommendations

Carol D. Lee, Northwestern University (Committee Chair)

James D. Anderson, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign
Diana E. Hess, University of Wisconsin-Madison
Joseph Kahne, University of California, Riverside
Peter Levine, Tufts University
Na’ilah Suad Nasir, Spencer Foundation

1:00 pm – 2:00 pm EDT

Discussion with Special Guests

Moderated by
David L. Kirp, University of California, Berkeley & The New York Times

Kathleen Hall Jamieson, The Annenberg Public Policy Center of the University of Pennsylvania & FactCheck.Org
Carol D. Lee, Northwestern University
Rajiv Vinnakota, The Institute for Citizens & Scholars


Q&A with Special Guests and Project Members


  • Carol Lee
    Northwestern University
  • Gregory White
    National Academy of Education
  • Dian Dong
    National Academy of Education


  • James Banks
    University of Washington, Seattle
  • Sarah Freedman
    University of California, Berkeley
  • Kris Gutiérrez
    University of California, Berkeley
  • Diana Hess
    University of Wisconsin, Madison
  • Joseph Kahne
    University of California, Riverside
  • Carol Lee (Chair)
    Northwestern University
  • Peter Levine
    Tufts University
  • Na’ilah Suad Nasir
    Spencer Foundation
  • Walter Parker
    University of Washington, Seattle
  • Judith Torney-Purta
    University of Maryland, College Park

Project Members

Defining and Implementing Civic Reasoning and Discourse: Philosophical and Moral Foundations for Research and Practice

  • Sarah M. Stitzlein, University of Cincinnati
Panel Members:
  • Anthony Laden, University of Illinois at Chicago
  • Peter Levine, Tufts University (Chair)
  • Jennifer Morton, The University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill

Civic Reasoning and Discourse: Perspectives from Learning and Human Development Research

  • Carol D. Lee, Northwestern University (Co-Chair)
  • Na’ilah Suad Nasir, Spencer Foundation (Co-Chair)
  • Natalia Smirnov, Independent Researcher
  • Adria Carrington, Chicago Public Schools (retired)
Panel Members:
  • Megan Bang, Spencer Foundation/Northwestern University
  • Hyman Bass, University of Michigan
  • Andrea A. diSessa, University of California, Berkeley
  • Abby Reisman, University of Pennsylvania
  • Leoandra Onnie Rogers, Northwestern University
  • Alan H. Schoenfeld, University of California, Berkeley
  • Margaret Beale Spencer, University of Chicago
  • William F. Tate IV, University of South Carolina
  • Elliot Turiel, University of California, Berkeley

From the Diffusion of Knowledge to the Cultivation of Agency: A Short History of Civic Education Policy and Practice in the United States

  • Nancy Beadie, University of Washington
  • Zoë Burkholder, Montclair State University
Panel Members:
  • James D. Anderson, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign
  • Andrew Hartman, Illinois State University
  • Walter C. Parker, University of Washington (Chair)
  • Rowan Steineker, Florida Gulf Coast University

Agency and Resilience in the Face of Challenge as Civic Action: Lessons Learned From Across Ethnic Communities

  • Indigenous Peoples and Civics Education in the 21st Century
      • Megan Bang, Spencer Foundation/Northwestern University
      • Bryan McKinley Jones Brayboy, Arizona State University
  • African American Education as Preparation for Civic Engagement, Reasoning, and Discourse
      • Vanessa Siddle Walker, Emory University
      • James D. Anderson, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign
      • Joy Ann Williamson-Lott, University of Washington
      • Carol D. Lee, Northwestern University
  • Historicizing Latinx Civic Agency and Contemporary Lived Civics
      • Maribel Santiago, University of Washington
      • Cati V. de los Ríos, University of California, Berkeley
      • Kris D. Gutiérrez, University of California, Berkeley (Chair)
  • Asian American Exclusion and the Fight for Inclusion
      • Li-Ching Ho, University of Wisconsin–Madison
      • Stacey J. Lee, University of Wisconsin–Madison
  • An Appalachian Spring: Hope and Resilience Among Youth in the Rural South
      • Deborah Hicks, Partnership for Appalachian Girls’ Education

Civic Reasoning and Discourse Amid Structural Inequality, Migration, and Conflict

  • Beth C. Rubin, Rutgers, The State University of New Jersey
  • Thea Renda Abu El-Haj, Barnard College, Columbia University
  • Michelle J. Bellino, University of Michigan
Panel Members:
  • James A. Banks, University of Washington (Co-Chair)
  • Sarah Dryden-Peterson, Harvard University
  • Sarah Warshauer Freedman, University of California, Berkeley (Co-Chair)
  • Roberto G. Gonzales, Harvard University

Learning Environments and School/Classroom Climate as Supports for Civic Reasoning, Discourse, and Engagement

  • Carolyn Barber, University of Missouri-Kansas City
  • Christopher H. Clark, University of North Dakota
  • Judith Torney-Purta, University of Maryland (Chair)
Panel Members:
  • David Campbell, University of Notre Dame
  • Carole L. Hahn, Emory University
  • Deanna Kuhn, Teachers College, Columbia University

Rethinking Digital Citizenship: Learning About Media, Literacy, and Race in Turbulent Times

Authors and Panel Members:
  • Antero Godina Garcia, Stanford University
  • Sarah McGrew, University of Maryland
  • Nicole Mirra, Rutgers, The State University of New Jersey
  • Brendesha Tynes, University of Southern California
  • Joseph Kahne, University of California, Riverside (Chair)

Pedagogical Practices and How Teachers Learn

Authors and Panel Members:
  • Hilary G. Conklin, DePaul University
  • Jane C. Lo, Michigan State University
  • Paula McAvoy, North Carolina State University
  • Chauncey B. Monte-Sano, University of Michigan
  • Tyrone Howard, University of California, Los Angeles
  • Diana E. Hess, University of Wisconsin–Madison (Chair)


Contact Greg White or Dian Dong for more information.

The research reported here is supported by the William & Flora Hewlett Foundation. The opinions expressed are those of the authors and do not represent the views of the Hewlett Foundation.

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