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The goal of social studies education is to develop responsible, informed, and engaged citizens to foster civic, global, historical, geographic, and economic literacy. The College, Career, and Civic Life (C3) Framework for Social Studies State Standards, released by the National Council for the Social Studies in 2013 was purposefully designed to meet this goal by providing guidance to states and local school districts to enhance the rigor of K-12 civics, economics, geography, and history.

This webcast features a lively discussion about the importance of preparing students for civic life - how the story of Mary Beth Tinker, the landmark 1969 Supreme Court Case Tinker v. Des Moines Independent Community School District and the C3 Framework provide the inspiration and tools to prepare all students for effective citizenship in the 21st century.

Viewers are invited to use all or any part of this webcast for students or professional development. More resources to support implementation of the C3 Framework can be found at

Michelle M. Herczog, Ed.D., Consultant III, History-Social Science, Division of Curriculum and Instructional Services, Los Angeles County Office of Education

• Mary Beth Tinker, First Amendment Activist, Tinker Tour USA
• Marshall Croddy, Task Force of Professional Organizations for the C3 Framework for Social Studies State Standards
• Peter Levine, Ph.D., Citizenship and Public Affairs Professor, Director of CIRCLE at Tufts University

Table of Contents

Chapter One: Welcome and Overview of the C3 Framework

Time Codes: 00:00 – 13:08
Dr. Herczog provides a brief overview of the College, Career, and Civic Life (C3) Framework for Social Studies State Standards that includes
• Rationale, purpose, and goals of the C3 Framework
• Principles of the C3 Framework and the Inquiry Arc
• The Instructional Shifts for Social Studies

Chapter Two: The Story of Mary Beth Tinker and Tinker v Des Moines
Time Codes: 13:09 – 30:00
Ms. Tinker provides a firsthand account of
• Events leading up to Tinker v Des Moines – the Civil Rights Movement and the Vietnam War
• The decision to wear black armbands to school to protest the Vietnam War
• Consequences for herself and other students
• The Supreme Court case, Tinker v Des Moines and the landmark decision to protect free speech rights for students in schools.

Chapter Three: Taking Informed Action: Then and Now
Time Codes: 30:00 – 34:19
Mr. Croddy and Dr. Levine describe what it meant for Mary Beth Tinker and others to take informed action back in the 1960s and what it should mean for students today.

Chapter Four: The C3 Framework and Implications for Civic Learning
Time Codes: 34:20 – 52:36
Panelists discuss
• The intent of the C3 Framework to prepare students for civic life
• The important role of the Task Force
• The Inquiry Arc as a Civic Learning Arc
• The power of action civics and civic-based service learning
• The power of collaboration - the development of the C3 Framework and the message for students today

Chapter Five: The Tinker Tour Today
Time Codes: 52:37 – 54:34
Ms. Tinker describes Tinker Tour USA and her ongoing efforts to educate and inspire young people to exercise their First Amendment rights in responsible ways today.

Chapter Six: Concluding Comments
Time Codes: 54:35 – 56:24
• Importance of promoting Civic Engagement

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