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GeoCivics: The Politics and Geographies of America's Electoral System

Participants will learn about the structure and governance of the electoral system as written in the Constitution and interpreted by subsequent Supreme Court decisions. They will engage with GIS and other analytical tools to examine geographic sorting of party affiliation, redistricting, and gerrymandering since the 2020 Census. Discussion will center on how to present these important and newly contentious issues in the secondary classroom.  Drs. Greg Williams (Political Science and International Affairs) and Phil Klein (Geography, GIS, and Sustainability) are the project directors.  Dr. Rebecca Theobald (Department of Geography and Environmental Studies at UCCS) and Mr. Chris Elnicki (Colorado Center for Civic Learning and Engagement) are coordinating local arrangements and workshop design.


Selected applicants must…

  • Be current 6-12 teachers in the area of Social Studies and Math/STEM
  • Complete the full application form by April 15, 2022
  • Be available from June 13 - 15 to attend all sessions
  • Attend all sessions and functions during the week in order to receive the stipend check
  • Create two lesson plans based on seminar materials to be shared with the cohort, and GeoCivics website at UCCS

Workshop Details

  • June 13-15, 2022
  • UCCS – Colorado Springs
  • Cost: Free
    • Participants will have the option to earn 2 graduate credit hours for $130
  • Application Deadline April 15, 2022

Application Details

Participation is limited to 20 teachers.  Participants will be selected based on the quality of their responses to the questions included in the conference application. We are accepting applicants from out of state as well as from Colorado, although preference is for Colorado teachers.

The Hewit Institute aims to attract a diverse group of participants from a variety of institutional settings across Colorado.

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Have questions? 

Contact Phil Klein at phil.klein@unco.edu