This March 7 and 8, Institute co-founders Tomas Spath and Cassandra Dahnke will be speakers at the first annual Civics, Civility, and Diversity Conference in Killeen Texas. The theme of this year’s conference is “Eliminating Civics, Civility, and Diversity Inequities through Education,” and it will focus specifically on the Dreyfuss Civics Curriculum and Civics Clubs as a model for producing discourse on culturally relevant diversity issues, and developing curricula and educational policies that improve civics, civility, and diversity through education.
The conference is co-sponsored by Texas A&M University — Central Texas, the Killeen Independent School District, and The Dreyfuss Initiative, which is an organization founded by actor Richard Dreyfuss that is devoted to working with teachers and students to produce informed, ethical, and engaged citizens.
Conference keynote speakers at the Civics, Civility, and Diversity Conference will include Martha Kanter (former Undersecretary of Education), Frank Ashley (Chancellor Emeritus of Texas A&M), Russ Porter (Associate Provost at Texas A&M, and co-author of the Dreyfuss Civics Curriculum), and Richard Dreyfuss himself, whose talk will be titled “Civics & Civility in Education: A Call for Pre-Partisanship.”
The conference will also include breakout sessions on reinvigorating civics and civility in the classroom and improving diversity education, in which participants will form recommendations to present to the conference as a whole.
The conference will take place at the Killeen Civics and Conference Center in Killeen, TX — Registration costs $295, or $55 for students. For more information about the Civics, Civility, and Diversity conference, you can find their official website here. Here, you can find the conference schedule. And here is a link to their flier.