Student-centered inquiry is at the core of emerging learning standards that span across the curriculum. New educational initiatives from the state of Illinois require students to explore topics including gender, orientation, race, religion, abilities, immigration, civil rights, and more. Learn research-based best practices in creating a safe environment for student participation in addressing the most compelling questions facing our communities. Collaborate with others to craft and explore effective questions for deliberation. Walk away with strategies to engage students in current and societal issue discussions to enhance your current classroom practice. Explicit connections will be made to the IL Social Science Standards, Social Emotional Learning, the Common Core State Standards and the Danielson Framework for Effective Teaching. Participants are encouraged to bring technology and will have time to explore resources and apply them to their own classrooms. Appropriate for grades 6-12.