January 30, 2020 PROGRAMMING

The Educated Citizen: Education as Preparation for Civic Participation

Part 1 of the Education and Democracy Webinar Series

Program Description: The series launches with this foundational program that will explore how quality education helps prepare informed and engaged citizens. Speakers will address the importance of quality education that includes civics and how denial of such an education hinders participation in democratic institutions, like voting.

  • Peter W. Cookson, Jr., Senior Researcher, Learning Policy Institute; Managing Director of the think tank, Education Sector, and Founder of the Equity Project at the American Institutes for Research
  • Lisa Holder, Of Counsel, Equal Justice Society
  • Michael A. Rebell, Executive Director, Campaign for Educational Equity at Teachers College, Columbia University
  • Kimberly Robinson, Elizabeth D. and Richard A. Merrill Professor of Law, University of Virginia School of Law and Professor of Education, Curry School of Education and Human Development, University of Virginia
  • Janel A. George (Moderator), Co-Chair, Civil Rights and Equal Opportunity Committee, Section of Civil Rights and Social Justice, American Bar Association & Co-Chair, Education Committee, Section of Civil Rights and Social Justice, American Bar Association

Additional Materials

Presentation (PDF)

Speaker Biographies (PDF)

Cook v. Raimondo | Teachers College, Columbia University
Courtesy of Michael A. Rebell

About the Webinar Series


Developed by the leadership of the Section's Education Committee,  this series—Education and Democracy—will explore the significance of access to quality education as a prerequisite for meaningful participation in American democracy. Building upon the U.S. Supreme Court's observation in the case of Brown v. Board of Education that "education is the very foundation of good citizenship," this series examines how education shapes democratic participation in a variety of significant ways.

Co-Sponsored by:

Division for Public Education
Standing Committee on Election Law
Center for Public Interest Law
Center on Children and the Law
Section of State and Local Government Law
The Section's African American Affairs Committee

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