Some of the libraries / sponsors of Civics for Adults workshops. Libraries-Sponsors.pdf
Check out Donna's interview on OPB's Think Out Loud program from Nov 3, 2020!!
A great way to learn about what Civics for Adults is all about.
Testimonials from the first virtual workshops...Testimonials-Participants-and-Librarians-Aug2020pub.pdf
I have to say, this one, from the Citizen Activism workshop, is my favorite:
"Donna provided useful and detailed information that was inspiring! It was in depth, but attainable. I, also, liked the focus on local policies that affect us directly. She encouraged me to be the activist that I have wanted be, but have stopped myself from being. She said to start by doing something simple, but courageous. Thank you for this gift."
Misinformation, Fake News and Political Propaganda
Are you overwhelmed with messages from politicians, news sources and other media? Distinguish truth from fiction using real-world examples of political ads, news headlines, logical fallacies, graphs/charts, the effect of word choice in messaging, statistical data and other types of information. Become your own “fact-checker!”
Also, learn how to find accurate information.
“Well organized, excellent information!”
“This was fun and informative! Thank you so much!”
“...students need this!!!”
Citizen Activism 101—Making Change Happen
Want to improve life for yourself and your neighbors or have a concern about local, state or federal laws? Discusses: Strategies for change; Examples of successful advocacy; Brief historical perspective; Choosing your battles; What matters to you?; Who makes the rules?; Getting heard; Tools for change; "Lobbying"; “Tracking” legislation; Providing “testimony.”
“Great presenter...should be a day conference!”
“Very practical information!”
The Constitution: Fulfilling Democracy's Promise?
Look at the Constitution’s creation and its structural limitations, and trace major changes to its interpretation. We puncture some myths and develop a perspective that helps evaluate its meaning more thoughtfully.
“Every citizen should take this serious look at our Constitution.”
“Good level of history and contemporary political ideas”
Beyond Voting: Elections and Campaign Financing
This is a unique workshop covering topics related to our electoral systems and presenting specific ideas for bi-partisan civic/political engagement. Topics include: Voting as Constitutional right(?), Voting Security, Alternative Systems, Redistricting, Electoral College, Campaign Financing, Tracking Money/Campaign Finance Databases, Public Financing of Elections.
“...solid information – This is what all Americans need to know.”
“I consider myself a well-informed citizen but I learned a great deal of new information”
“You are a great teacher, Donna.”
Current Workshops Scheduled
Unless otherwise indicated, all programs are currently virtual.
Check back regularly, as details about workshops and registration change frequently. And, of course, you are always welcome to request your local library or organization to be a sponsor; actually that's how most workshops happen! Be an advocate for Civics Education! [Flyer with descriptions - DescriptiveFlyer-June2021.pdf
Misinformation, Fake News and Political Propaganda.
Friday evening, October 1. [Time TBA] Tigard Public Library.
Elections and Campaign Finance
Friday evening, November 5. [Time TBA] Tigard Public Library. Registration available asap to Tigard folks on TPL website; 12 days prior for others. Link will be posted here.
Citizen Activism 101—Making Change Happen
Friday evening, December 3. [Time TBA] Tigard Public Library. Registration available asap to Tigard folks on TPL website; 12 days prior for others. Link will be posted here.
The Constitution: Fulfilling Democracy's Promise? - Democracy, the Constitution and Representation in Congress.
Friday evening, January 7. [Time TBA] Tigard Public Library. Registration available asap to Tigard folks on TPL website; 12 days prior for others. Link will be posted here.
Resource Lists - Enjoy.
Resources lists do get updated regularly. Also, some are customized, e.g. if you live in Beaverton then a resource list for the Activism workshop will have info on Beaverton City government. Most info, though, is applicable to all readers.
Supplemental Misinformation Resources, April 2021. Resources-UCSLD-2021.pdf
MORE! Supplemental Misinformation Resources, April 2021.OLA. OLA2021 Misinformation Workshop-Supplemental Resources.pdf
Resources-Metrics.pdf [Measuring democracy, civic literacy and socio-economic health of our country.]
Resources-Activism-August2020-WashCntyVer.pdf [Local gov info customized for Wash Cnty, OR]
Additional Resources for What is Democracy? Series:
Voting: Voting Considerations.pdf
Extra! Additional Resources for Election 2020!! -
Additional material for Constitution - CloseToDissolution.pdf and FranklinsFinalRemarksatConstitutionalConvention.pdf
EIU-DemIndex-ScoringModelV2.pdf [This is the scoring model for the Democracy Index, produced by the Economist Intelligence Unit
Resources created for the 2021 Oregon Library Association Conference:
For "Equity, Diversity, and Inclusion" – How Libraries Can Support EDI Beyond the Institution:
Facebook page: for more non-partisan civic and political resources:
and/or join my email list - which I use sparingly and I will never give your email address to others:
Updates are sent to the email list about once/month and contain information about scheduled workshops and also a selection of the informative civic/political nonpartisan posts from the Civics for Adults Facebook page.