Democracy is a verb.



Interviewer Prep 101

Looking to help your students prep for inviting and/or interviewing a guest speaker visiting your class? Click the icon below for a quick activity and worksheet created by Mikva teacher Tricia Tepavchevich at Infinity High School to help structure this kind of preparation.

Pro-Con of Controversial Topics

Looking for information on controversial issues? presents research in a straightforward, nonpartisan, pro-con format.  It’s a great resource for class debates or to better understand the complexity of issues.  The site offers a list of varied topics.  Click here for their website.

Solutions Exploration Chart

Seeking a good mechanism to help your students keep track of and rank the solution/action options for your class issue that different groups or classmates are proposing? Check out the chart below submitted by Mikva teacher Maggie Hoffman at Perspectives-Joslin (sample entries in the chart can be deleted to print a blank copy):

Using Hollywood Movies to Explain Microaggressions

Check out this video from Quartz to see one way that microaggressions can be explained.


Mikva students serve as election judges each election cycle


of Mikva alumni encourage their friends and family to be politically engaged, vs. only 35% of 18-29 yr. olds nationwide


students from 117 schools nationwide presented speeches and/or worked on civic action projects


young people served in the Chicagoland area, California and Washington DC


of Mikva alumni continue to volunteer in their communities, vs. only 36% of 18-29 yr. olds nationwide


students campaigned during the 2015-16 Election Season


of Mikva alumni are registered voters, vs. only 53% of 18-29 yr. olds nationwide


Chicagoland teachers participate in Mikva Challenge programs

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