Document Type

Conference Proceeding

Session Format

Graduate Research Poster (no oral presentation)


Magnolia Ballroom

Publication Date

Spring 2024

Faculty Advisor

Dr. Cynthia Alby

Start Date

27-3-2024 3:00 PM

End Date

27-3-2024 3:10 PM


This project is a research-based creative endeavor that aims to design an innovative high school course on American government. The course, titled “American Government: Thinking Classrooms,” has several unique and effective features. It promotes equity in the political science classroom by focusing on student assets, such as their cultural backgrounds, personal experiences, and interests. The course also incorporates social-emotional learning, helping students develop skills such as self-awareness, empathy, and collaboration. Culturally responsive teaching methods are utilized, connecting the content to the students’ lives, using diverse sources and perspectives, and fostering critical thinking. The course adopts Peter Liljedahl’s “building thinking classroom” approach, creating a dynamic and engaging learning environment that encourages student participation, exploration, and inquiry. Project-based learning is implemented, allowing students to apply their knowledge and skills to real-world problems and issues. The course seeks to minimize the pressure of grades and instead focuses on feedback and reflection. It includes brain-based learning practices, such as brain breaks, emotion, movement, and pre-questions, which enhance memory and comprehension. Innovatively, the course uses technology to help personalize learning and provide individualized support and guidance to students. Overall, the course is an effort to combine the most effective, research-based methods for increasing student learning.


This session will be also delivered as a poster from 10:00 a.m. - 10:50 a.m. in Magnolia Ballroom.



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