We the Educators

A monthly civic learning series for educators

Educators are essential to our democracy

Join educators from across the country throughout the school year for opportunities to learn with scholars, gain essential tools, and connect with peers.

We want to invest in your learning: Attend three sessions and receive a $100 Amazon Gift Card

We the Educators Series Elements

Text-based Seminars

Sit around the virtual seminar table with renowned scholars and study pivotal texts that you can bring to your students and school community.

Pedagogy Workshops

Gain practical tools and techniques for helping students develop democratic fluency, civic belonging, and civic skills.

Peer-to-peer Learning

Connect and learn with educators across the country who share similar challenges and work within different contexts and communities.

How much does it cost?

This series is a gift for educators on the frontlines of civic education today.  We the Educators has been generously underwritten, and there is no cost to participants.

When are the sessions?

Most sessions will be held over Zoom on weeknights at 7:30pm ET / 4:30pm PT.

The first session is scheduled for Thursday, October 27th from 7:30-8:45 ETpm. See below for details and registration.

How many sessions should I attend?

You are welcome to attend as many sessions as you like!

Educators who attend three sessions will receive:

  • A $100 Amazon gift card
  • A Certificate of Completion

Who teaches the sessions?

We the Educators sessions are led by cross-disciplinary scholars and civic education experts.

Check out the schedules and presenters bios from the 2021 and 2022 programs to learn more.

Who should sign up?

Educators who work with middle and high school students in faith-based settings who are interested in enhancing civic learning in their classroom or community.

We encourage multiple educators from the same school or organization to attend so that colleagues can collaborate on implementing new strategies.

Past participants have attended from the institutions listed here.

What will I gain?

  • Opportunities to study pivotal American texts with academic scholars.
  • Concrete tools and strategies to implement  with students.
  • Dedicated time for your own learning and reflection.
  • Connections with colleagues serving students in different communities.

How do I register?

See below for information about the upcoming session and register here.

Questions?  Contact Yael Steiner at yael@civicspirit.org

Register for the October Session:
Preparing for Veterans Day: Reading Othello at West Point
Thursday, October 27th at 7:30 – 8:45pmET / 4:30-5:45pm PT on Zoom


In advance of Veterans Day, join Civic Spirit’s first “We the Educators” session to learn with Professor Elizabeth Samet, professor of English at West Point.  Together with educators from schools across the country we will study selections from Shakespeare’s Othello to illuminate the veteran’s experience at war and at home, and the various ways civilians and soldiers may misinterpret one another.  Civic Spirit’s Director of Education, Nina Taub, will facilitate discussion on how to bring this text and other resources into the classroom to help students reflect on what it means to honor veterans. 

Elizabeth D. Samet is the author of several books, including Looking for the Good War: American Amnesia and the Violent Pursuit of Happiness, winner of the American Philosophical Society’s Jacques Barzun Prize in Cultural History; and Soldier’s Heart: Reading Literature Through Peace and War at West Point, which won the Los Angeles Times Book Prize for Current Interest. She recently edited The Annotated Memoirs of Ulysses S. Grant and the Library of America volume World War II Memoirs: Pacific Theater. Among her honors are a Guggenheim Fellowship and a National Endowment for the Humanities Public Scholar Grant. She is professor of English at West Point, where she directs the first-year literature course.

DISCLAIMER: The opinions Samet expresses in this presentation do not reflect the official policy or position of the Department of the Army, the Department of Defense, or the U.S. Government.