Agile in Civics: How to Create Student Choice, Connection, & Application | Jessica Cavallaro | 7 Min Read

Over the past 20 years, social studies have diminished in traditional K-12 education. Initially, the priority was only math and reading. As STEM gained importance, the need for engineers to work with new emerging technology rocketed through schools. Science was embraced by curriculum writers and awash with state money. All the while, social studies sat on the back burner, and its time was chipped away for advisory, meetings, extra math time, etc.

This neglect of social studies left a generation of people with no knowledge of their past, their government systems, and the incredibly diverse cultures around them. Meanwhile, passionate history-loving educators have innovated and adapted to being neglected. They individually created ways to update the curriculum by struggling to cover hundreds of years of unique cultures in a single year because the standards are outdated.

For the past 15 years, I have taught civics with incredible passion. I am a true believer that power lies in the people and people must know the systems to utilize the full breadth of their power. Since social studies have been neglected for my entire teaching career, I have had more opportunities for innovation and change than most teachers in subjects that…

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Jessica Cavallaro

As the co-founder of The Agile Mind and Chief Academic Officer of a pioneering online high school, Jessica Cavallaro is a key player in the educational revolution, infusing K-12 learning with Agile methodologies. Her 15-year tenure in education has been marked by a dedication to crafting meaningful educational experiences that drive classroom innovation and foster inquisitiveness. Jessica is dedicated to creating systems that enhance student autonomy, ensuring that every learner's voice is heard and valued. Beyond her educational leadership, Jessica is an esteemed keynote speaker, spreading her vision for transformative education and the critical role of flexibility in learning.