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DESE Civics Pathways

  • The Civics Pathways are designed and facilitated by Massachusetts teachers.
  • Currently, the Civics Pathways are open only to Massachusetts public school educators.
  • The deadline for registering for workshops is one day prior to the workshop date.
  • The deadline for registering for the self-paced online learning is two weeks prior to the end date.
  • If you have any questions, please email pzlearn@gse.harvard.edu with “Civics Pathways Registration” in the subject line.

Workshop 1: The “Student-led” Civics Project: Helping Students Manage Their Own Learning

This workshop presents a variety of procedures, routines, and tools that teachers have found effective in supporting learners to self-manage their civics projects. In this workshop, you will reflect on your current practice and explore tools to help you take the next steps in making the civics project a “student-led” learning experience in your classroom.

2 hours; 3 PDPs


  • Nov. 1, 2023 (via Zoom); 4-6pm
  • Feb. 1, 2024 (via Zoom); 4-6pm

Self-paced Online Learning: “Next Level” Student-Led Civics Projects: Beyond the Basics

This learning series looks at three areas commonly identified by teachers as challenges in facilitating the student-led civics project: supporting student-led research; connecting with decision-makers and stakeholders; and showcasing students’ work. In these self-paced sessions, you will explore resources and examples of practice and develop resources to use in your classroom. Join the course on your own or work together with colleagues who have also registered.

  • Session 1: Supporting Student-led Research In and Beyond the Library
  • Session 2: Connecting with Stakeholders and Decision-makers
  • Session 3: Engaging a Wide Audience

Dates: self-paced between Nov. 27, 2023 and Feb. 20, 2024; must register by Feb. 5, 2024

Workshop 2: Supporting Diverse Learners with the Student-led Civics Project

The student-led civics project is for all students. This workshop focuses on specialized support for English learners and students with disabilities. You will explore practices and strategies that help you “ensure that all students are meaningfully included in and have access to projects with appropriate scaffolding and differentiation” (DESE Civics Project Guidebook).

2 hours; 3 PDPs


  • Nov. 7, 2023 (in person); 9:30am - 2:30pm (paired with Pathway 2, Workshop 1); Worcester, MA
  • Dec. 13, 2023 (via Zoom); 4-6pm
  • Feb. 28, 2024 (via Zoom); 4-6pm