Teaching About the Elections

What To Expect

The Teaching About the 2024 Elections Conference is an exciting opportunity for K-12 teachers and administrators to:

  • Learn about important election-related issues
  • Access resources that support instruction and enhance student learning
  • Be introduced to national civic education programs and their curricula

Politics can be divisive, confusing, and challenging to approach. This conference will help educators find ways to ensure their students can discuss these sensitive and important topics with care, knowledge, and facts.

Registration includes breakfast, lunch, refreshments, and a conference t-shirt!

Program Details

When: September 21, 2024, 9:00 a.m.–3:30 p.m. CT

Where: Grainger Hall, 975 University Avenue, Madison, WI 53706

Registration Fee:
$25 | Professionals
$10 | Non UW-Madison students
Free | UW-Madison students (pre-registration required)

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*This conference is funded by the Gibb Democracy Education Fund. Mary Hopkins Gibb is a 1955 School of Education alumna. Her husband, Bill, was a 1953 Wisconsin School of Business alumnus. 

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Keynote Session: Covering the 2024 Elections

Zac Schultz started in the news business the Monday after he graduated from the University of Wisconsin, and he doesn’t anticipate leaving until the Friday he retires a few decades in the future. Schultz spent a decade reporting for different TV stations in Wausau and Madison before coming to PBS Wisconsin. Schultz is a reporter and occasional anchor for Here & Now, PBS Wisconsin’s weekly news program that covers state issues and politics. Schultz also produces stories for PBS Wisconsin’s Wisconsin Life project. He has won numerous awards for his coverage of Wisconsin politics, and even a few awards for his coverage of the lighter side of news.

Schultz is originally from Lodi and has spent his life exploring the state. He is especially interested in the outdoors and sports. Schultz lives in Madison with his family.

Concurrent Sessions

Join us to hear from the following concurrent session presenters! Session titles and descriptions coming soon.

Amber Wichowsky | Marquette University
Beth Sondel | The Civics Center
Brittany Jones | The University at Buffalo
Carrie Ray-Hill | iCivics
David O’Connor | DPI
David Olson | Retroreport
Derek Behnke, Jais Brohinsky & Jeremy Stoddard | UW-Madison Dept. of Curriculum and Instruction
Emily Lau | UW-Madison Law School
Kate Ullman | The Wisconsin Civic Learning Coalition
Katie Payne | The University of Texas at Austin
Kris McDaniel | DPI
Nick Ostrem | PBS Wisconsin
Sedona Chinn & Bryna Godar | UW-Madison Dept. of Life Sciences Communication
Suzanne Eckes | UW-Madison Dept. of Educational Leadership and Policy Analysis
Theresa Alviar-Martin | Asian American Voices for Education and Kennesaw State University


If you have questions about Teaching About the 2024 Elections, please email PLACE Conference and Event Planning Services at conferences@education.wisc.edu.