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Lessons on Local Government: Local Issues are Hot and Local Government is Cool

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Class Details

  • Class Type: Online
  • Date: 4/17/2017 - 5/7/2017
  • Mon Tue Wed Thu Fri Sat Sun
  • Adams State Credit: 0.5
  • Nonmember Price: $30
  • CEA Member Price: $30
  • Upon your completion of the course, you will receive a $30 gift card.

  • Currently Enrolled: 8 of 20
  • Class Type: Online
  • Date: 6/8/2022 - 6/30/2022
  • Adams State Credit: 1
  • Nonmember Price: $145
  • CEA Member Price: $45
  • Registration for the optional graduate credits ($55 per credit) is a separate transaction through Adams State. Registration information will be available after you enroll.

  • Currently Enrolled: 2 of 30
  • Class Type: Face-to-Face
  • Date: 6/14/2019 - 7/31/2019
  • Fri
  • Time: 8:00 AM - 4:00 PM
  • Location: Durango, CO
  • Nonmember Price: $0
  • CEA Member Price: $0
  • Currently Enrolled: 1 of 30
  • Class Type: Face-to-Face
  • Date: 7/31/2019 - 7/31/2019
  • Wed
  • Time: 8:00 AM - 4:00 PM
  • Location: Longmont, CO
  • Nonmember Price: $0
  • CEA Member Price: $0
  • Currently Enrolled: 0 of 30
  • Class Type: Online
  • Date: 6/7/2021 - 7/1/2021
  • Mon
  • Adams State Credit: 1
  • Nonmember Price: $145
  • CEA Member Price: $45
  • Registration for the optional graduate credits ($55 per credit) is a separate transaction through Adams State. Registration information will be available after you enroll. There are two required Zoom meetings for this class. The dates are June 7 and June 28 from 9:00 am - 1:00 pm.

  • Currently Enrolled: 4 of 30
  • Class Type: Online
  • Date: 9/14/2021 - 12/3/2021
  • Adams State Credit: 1
  • Nonmember Price: $145
  • CEA Member Price: $45
  • Registration for the optional graduate credits ($55 per credit) is a separate transaction through Adams State. Registration information will be available after you enroll.

  • Currently Enrolled: 0 of 30

About the Course

Local Government is Cool! Learn to incorporate local government programs and issues in your elementary or secondary classroom. Issues like recycling, justice, water resource issues, school safety, testing, and park planning are terrific ways to engage students with local government. Local topics allow students in any grade to practice key citizenship skills and to make a difference. There is no better way to prepare students for civic life than with issues right out their back door. Experience Lessons on Local Government’s (LOLG) River City Needs Water simulation, Local Government on Parade, and Local Leader in the Classroom Kit, plus other free resources. Teachers will engage with local leaders at lunch and receive a $50 gift card for attending.

There will be two required Zoom meetings as part of this course. Please see the class details for more information.

  • Grade(s): Pre-K Kindergarten 1st Grade 2nd Grade 3rd Grade 4th Grade 5th Grade 6th Grade 7th Grade 8th Grade 9th Grade 10th Grade 11th Grade 12th Grade Elementary K-5 Secondary 6-12
  • Subject(s): Social Studies

Facilitator

Kent Willmann

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Who are you?

Kent Willmann spent 31 years preparing young citizens by teaching high school social studies in 3 St Vrain High Schools, Frederick, Longmont and Silver Creek.    Currently, he works at the University of Colorado training the next generation of social studies teachers to take his job and pay his PERA.  He conducts professional development for practicing teachers on using all kinds of media in the classroom.  He is co-directory of the Boulder County Latino History Project Summer Teacher Workshop.  He is also the curriculum writer and trainer for The Colorado Municipal Leagues’, Lessons on Local Government and is program director of Doing Democracy Day - a one day local government experience for St. Vrain high school students and local leaders.  

What led you to education?

My teachers led me to education.   They provided encouragement and exploratory teaching opportunities in high school.  Teaching was the way out for the son of two factory workers.

What do you have a knack for? How did you find that out?

Using art, music, film and other media in the classroom.   Not making it mind you.  Using it to teach.  

What are you passionate about personally? What do you really enjoy? What can’t you stop talking about?

NCAA Hoops - Here is hoping the Buffs have a great season -- sometime soon.  

Kayaking with my wife, playing poker, riding my bike making pictures of abandoned couches and visiting my kids.

What would be impossible for you to give up?

You mean besides beer?   Colorado sunshine.


Reviews

Matt Smith
The hands-on activity regarding the building of a new rec center is definitely something I will use in my class this year.
Jody Weidemann
This course was interesting and offered up new resources to use with our classes.

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