BOURNE — Eighth grade civics teacher Lisa DiBiasio has been selected to participate in the Department of Elementary and Secondary Education’s (DESE) Civics Project Classroom Video Series.
The video project is being produced by The Teacher Collaborative, a local non-profit organization that strives to provide educators with unique resources, training and professional development opportunities.
The Civics Project Classroom Video Series is designed to highlight the work of Massachusetts educators who are planning and implementing student-led civics projects.
DiBiasio was chosen for this project by The Teacher Collaborative because of her work in developing high-quality instructional civics projects for students.
Last year’s projects focused on land, waste and clean up. For one project, students created a school composting project and collaborated with another group to start a composting club. Another project focused on creating awareness about local pollution and organizing a clean-up day, in which students and community members came together to pick up trash.
At the end of 2022, DiBiasio applied and was accepted as a Civics Fellow for DESE. This year, DiBiasio was asked, along with the other fellows, to apply to take part in the video project led by The Teacher Collaborative.
For their part in the project, The Teacher Collaborative will be filming in DiBiasio’s classroom on multiple occasions this school year. The first film day will focus on how students can come to a consensus and highlight students doing consensus building workshops in groups.
Once the project is complete, the videos will be posted on multiple DESE platforms and will be available to educators across Massachusetts, providing them with inspiration for similar projects and examples of high-quality civics project instruction.
“The beauty of being selected to take part in this video series is that we will be able to support teachers across Massachusetts with components of the Civic Action Project that they, themselves, have struggled with and have asked for help,” DiBiasio said. “We get to be part of a bigger support system of teachers supporting teachers across Massachusetts to bring the highest quality of civic education to our students that will result in more civically responsible young adults.”