Civics and Civility

This topic has been very interesting to me since I was asked by DESE to speak about it at the Edward M. Kennedy Center for the Senate last year. I am sure I have added snippets to other pages but today decided to inaugurate a page for C & C specifically. I was inspired by an email today (8/16/18): How To Make A Civics Education Stick.

At the conference referred to below, I saw a couple of civics programs..when I spoke to the people at one table, the “owner” said he not only remembered me but he was the one who invited me to speak at the EMK Center for the Senate when he was at DESE.


At the MassCUE/MASS conference at Gillette on October 19, 2018, I moderated a panel which I suggested!!! Dr. Steve Vinter, of Google in the Boston area, spoke about the movement to Computer Science and Computational Thinking in MA under his direction and with many collaborators. (I was on the original group he convened that led four years later to MassCAN.)  The panel was entitled “Computer Science: An Example of Leadership.” The panelists were Beth Knittle, Ellen Driscoll, Tracy Sockalosky and Dan Downs, all members of the Board of MassCUE and on the I & A Committee.

The event was enjoyable and my sense from watching the audience (we involved in questions) is that the experience was appreciated. Thanks to Steve and the panelists.