International Education Washington
Capitol Forum on America’s Future
This project is funded by a 2007 State Innovations grant from Longview Foundation.
Purpose: Give students first hand experience in the process of
deliberation and understanding America’s Role in the World
Timeframe: Spring through Fall, 2007
- Hold mini Capitol Forum on America’s Role in the World at the 2007
HOBY (Hugh O’Brian Youth) Leadership Conference at Gonzaga University
- Sponsor Fall workshops for Capitol Forum and purchase curriculum
materials for participating teachers
- Hold one public workshop (with World Affairs Council Global
Classroom) on Deliberation and the US Role in the World
Washington State Capitol Forum State Organizing Team:
Michele Anciaux Aoki, Ph.D., P.M.P., International Education
Consultant; 2002, 2003, 2004, and 2005 State Team Member; and Project
Director for 2003, 2005, and 2007 State Innovations grants
Carol Coe, State Organizer for 2006 Washington State Capitol
Forum on America’s Future; doctoral student at the UW College of
Linda Quinn, Executive Director, Administrative Services,
Puyallup School District, supporting Capitol Forum on America’s Future
Status as of: 3/31/2008 | 1/25/2008 | 10/30/2007 |
- The 2008 Capitol Forum on America's Future was held on March 27,
2008 in Olympia, WA, and attended by over 70 teachers and students
from a variety of high schools in Washington.
- The Capitol Forum Winter Pre-Forum Workshop was held at Tacoma
School of the Arts on January 12. Thirteen teachers are participating
this year. The State Innovations grant has paid for all of their
curriculum resources, including five
Choices units on
Global Issues (Environment, Immigration, Nuclear Weapons, Terrorism,
and Trade) and the US Role in the World, as well as other units
relevant to their current courses.
- We will be featuring a Capitol Forum simulation using the US Role
in the World curriculum at the OSPI Winter Conference in Spokane on
January 31, 2008. The class is entitled "Democracy by Design: Building
Skills for Civic Engagement While Bridging the Achievement Gap."
- The remainder of the grant will be used to fund student
participation in the Capitol Forum on March 27, 2008 in Olympia, WA.
- The World Affairs Council Global Classroom sponsored a public
workshop on "The U.S. Role in Iraq: What Teachers Need to Know"
Thursday, October 4 at the newly renovated Cleveland High School in
Seattle. The program included a keynote speech by Professor Walter
Parker and a demonstration of deliberation on Iraq by high school
students. Then, participants, including K12 teachers and UW College of
Education students, were introduced to the Capitol Forum Four Futures
and given hands-on experience in deliberation. See
World Affairs Council Calendar Item for detailed description or
download the Oct 4 Program
- The Capitol Forum Fall Introductory Workshop was held at Clover
Park High School on Saturday, September 15, hosted by lead teacher Jim
- Michele Anciaux Aoki facilitated the "US Role in the World"
program at the 2007 Washington State Hugh O'Brian Youth (HOBY)
Leadership Conference at Gonzaga University, June 1, 2007 (see
The 135 high school sophomores from across Washington state were
assigned to represent one of the Four Futures. They were tasked with
making an oral presentation, visual presentation (poster), and
kinesthetic representation ("statue") making the case for their
assigned Future -- all in less than 40 minutes. They did a fantastic
job. To see some of their posters and statues, view
(PowerPoint 11 mg) or
PDF (1 mg).
- Linda Quinn, who retired in June from the Puyallup School
District, and Capitol Forum Washington lead teacher Jim Schell from Clover Park High
School attended the Capitol Forum Summer Institute at Brown
University June 22-23. Linda was asked to make a presentation on the
innovative ways that Washington state has used the Capitol Forum
materials. She created a series of magnificent posters highlighting
the "tipping point" that we are creating in this state. See
Capitol Forum WA Presentation at Brown U PPT (2.4 mg) or
PDF (2.4 mg).
- Capitol Forum teacher Liz Dwyer from the Tacoma School of the Arts
presented a workshop on deliberation using the Capitol Forum materials
at the 2007
OSPI Summer Institutes held in Spokane in June and Auburn in
August. Michele Anciaux Aoki presented the workshop in Vancouver in
August. See Democracy by Design: Using Discussion to
Culturally Responsive Classrooms.
- Tese Neighbor of the World Affairs Council Global Classroom is
collaborating with us on a special program using Choices curriculum
materials. The program is scheduled to be held on Thursday, October 4,
in the newly renovated Cleveland High School in Seattle. See
World Affairs Council Calendar Item.
- Michele Anciaux Aoki is organizing the "US Role in the World"
program at the 2007 HOBY Conference at Gonzaga University, June 1,
2007. For more information about the Hugh O'Brian Youth Leadership
- Linda Quinn and lead teacher Jim Schell from Clover Park High
School plan to attend the Capitol Forum Summer Institute at Brown
University June 22-23.
- Carol Coe's proposal for presentations on Capitol Forum at the
OSPI Summer Institutes has been accepted.
- Michele is coordinating plans with Tese Neighbor for the Fall 2007
Global Classroom program.
For more information, see
International Education Washington > Capitol Forum.
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