Recap/Video of IHS Civics Conference

Community leaders engage in IHS Civics Conference
Posted on 06/10/2020
The second annual IHS Senior Civics Conference bared little resemblance to last year but still afforded students the opportunity to hear directly from community leaders. In 2019, civic-minded leaders delivered presentations in classrooms around Irondequoit High School. This year, 10 of them produced videos for students to watch. West Irondequoit CSD’s K-12 Social Studies Curriculum Supervisor Kim Cristal says having students hear speakers that aren’t their teachers is “invaluable.”

“Otherwise,” she says, “it stays in the hypothetical and it’s hard for students who have a limited experience to understand how these concepts come alive once they leave high school.”

Cristal and IHS social studies teacher Jackie Mooney were key organizers of the civics event. Having variety of presenters was important too, Mooney says.

“I think it’s rich for students to see that you can find your area of passion and interest and contribute there, but then you work together with other community members and enhance the whole community,” Mooney said.

Thank you to the following speakers:

  • Collene Burns, Irondequoit Public Library
  • Ann Cunningham, WICSD Board of Education
  • Joseph Dean, Center for Youth
  • Debbie Evans, Irondequoit Community Cupboard
  • Mitch Gruber, Rochester City Council member
  • Evan Lowenstein, Rochester Public Market
  • Ginny Nacy, Drug-Free Irondequoit
  • Patrick Russi, Irondequoit Town Judge
  • Dave Seeley, Town of Irondequoit Supervisor
  • Shane Wiegand, Racist Policy & Resistance curriculum coordinator