Fostering Student Agency: The 10 Questions Framework in Your Library

Learn about the 10 Questions for Young Changemakers Framework, developed by Harvard's Democratic Knowledge Project (DKP), and the many ways it can be used in school libraries to help students develop successful—equitable, effective, and self-protective—civic agency in this digital age. Chaebong Nam of DKP will discuss the rationale behind the Framework, and Laura Gardner, a practicing middle school librarian, will share specific examples of the 10 Questions in practice with students.

Join us to learn more about:

  • The rationale behind the 10 Questions Framework, how it helps young people become "changemakers," and how changemaking can be accomplished all along the ideological spectrum—that is, anyone, whether liberal or conservative, can be a changemaker
  • Relevance of the Framework to school libraries as it supports your role as civic educator
  • Implementation strategies for learning practices based on the Framework, from guided reading, to media literacy activities, to diverse civic engagement programs
  • How to collaborate with other educators to implement the 10 Questions in your learning community

About the Presenters

Laura Gardner, a National Board Certified Teacher in library media, is teacher librarian at Dartmouth Middle School in Dartmouth, Massachusetts. Laura was awarded the School Library Journal School Librarian of the Year Co-finalist award in 2016 and the AASL Reader Leader social media superstar award in 2019. She is on Instagram, Goodreads, and Twitter as @LibrarianMsG. She's a huge reader, a mother, and an avid runner. She is also passionate about social justice, particularly as it relates to the environment and immigration reform.

Chaebong Nam is the action civics specialist at Harvard's Democratic Knowledge Project. Her work revolves around a broad range of civic learning both in and out of schools, including inquiry-based learning, youth civic engagement, and community inquiry. She is a Korean native and previously taught social studies at a middle school in Korea. She is on Twitter as @chaebongnam.

MLA Citation

Gardner, Laura, and Chaebong Nam. "Fostering Student Agency: The 10 Questions Framework in Your Library." ABC-CLIO Solutions, ABC-CLIO, 2023, Accessed 28 Jan. 2023.

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