The Opportunity Project Demo Week 2020 The Opportunity Project Demo Week 2020

Civics Education

Thursday, December 10, 2020

- EST
Don’t Forget the Data – or the Civics: Digital Education for a New Generation
Join on YouTube
Jim Richardson
Jim Richardson
U.S. Department of State, Director of Foreign Assistance
Terri Susan Fine
Terri Susan Fine
University of Central Florida, Content Specialist, Florida Joint Center for Citizenship and Professor of Political Science
Abhi Desai
Abhi Desai
LexGen, Founder
Amin Vafa
Amin Vafa
U.S. Department of State, Enterprise Data Strategy Lead
Meaghan E Murphy
Meaghan E Murphy
Suffolk University, MBA & MSM Candidate
Shradha Satish Kulkarni
Shradha Satish Kulkarni
iConsult Collaborative, Syracuse University, Program Manager
Jill Elizabeth Stapleton
Jill Elizabeth Stapleton
iConsult Collaborative, Syracuse University, Program Manager
Anna Valuev
Anna Valuev
Head of Strategic Initiatives

This session is a must-attend for anyone who came into the government or tech space to promote democracy and civic participation.  Civics education is at a crossroads: In 2014, less than 25% of 8th graders scored proficient on the National Civics Exam, and in 2018, only 9 states required year-long US government courses. This fall, the State Department’s Office of Foreign Assistance (F) took on the challenge of reimagining civics education through a sprint to develop data-driven digital tools. Groundbreaking not only in the subject matter, but also as the pilot of TOP’s new open source toolkit - TOPx. Hear from Jim Richardson, Director of F on data transparency and usability, and from tech teams from Syracuse iConsult and Suffolk University about the products they developed. Then, join us for a fireside chat with the State team on their experience using TOPx, a newly launched toolkit that allows federal agencies to leverage the TOP model and resources to facilitate sprints on flexible timelines and topics. If you’re an edtech company, a teacher, student, education advocacy organization, or a federal agency looking for new innovation strategies - this session is for you!