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Conference gives teachers tools to talk about politics in the classroom

Conference gives teachers tools to talk about politics in the classroom

As the race for the White House hits the homestretch, educators in the classroom have an excellent opportunity to help students develop a better understanding of American politics, and to become knowledgeable and engaged citizens. Due to the polarized nature of politics in the United States, however, not everyone feels comfortable discussing such topics. The School of Education hosted a conference Sept. 24 that was designed to give educators the tools, resources and confidence they’d need to teach about electoral politics in a way that is engaging but respectful to differing points of view.
October 19, 2016
A 1990 graduate of UW-Madison has won a prestigious fellowship from the MacArthur Foundation, commonly known as the MacArthur “Genius Grant.” Anne Basting, who received a master’s degree in theatre and drama at UW–Madison, is now a theatre professor at the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee. She was recognized as an “artist and educator demonstrating the potential of storytelling and creative expression to improve the lives of elders experiencing cognitive impairment,” with the overall goal of changing the way we think about aging. UW-Madison’s Department of Theatre and Drama is now housed within the School of Education.
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