S8 Episode 6, part B: Talking Secondary Civics Instruction with Nate Rios and Liz Schley Evans
3Ps hosts Angelia and Donnie are back with another civics-focused episode, this time focused especially on secondary grades. Prior to the start of this school year, they spoke with Nate Rios, who was then a government and history teacher at Flowing Wells High School in Tucson, and Elizabeth Schley Evans, who was then a government and politics teacher at Basha High School in Chandler.
Together, the four talk about navigating critical conversations, media literacy, engaging with parents, and the importance of getting to know your students and creating a respectful and empathetic place for learning and discussion. Rios and Schley Evans also share strategies to stay unbiased in the classroom and how teachers, especially those in social studies, can best take care of themselves during election season.
Here are links to the resources mentioned during this episode:
- National Constitution Center, specifically the Center’s podcast
- The New York Times’ The Daily podcast
- Newseum, specifically the Decoding Elections resources
- Thomas R. Brown Foundations for economic-related topics
- Edsurge invisible bias lesson
- Mr. Peabody’s Apples by Madonna
Click here to open up a reflection guide for this episode to help you plan your civics instruction.
Learn more about the Arizona K12 Center at azk12.org.