ICS programs connect K-12 classrooms of all kinds together to explore social and cultural issues in creative and engaging ways. Each program is carefully structured to support deep discussion and passionate debate while providing a safe environment for students.
K-12 students participate in ICS programs as a class or club at their school, with their teacher taking on a facilitating role. Teacher’s guides provide extensive resources and suggestions for classroom activities to support the online work.
All programs except the Michigan Student Caucus are guided by a group of University of Michigan student “mentors,” who engage with K-12 participants online to provide support, feedback, and provocation.
If you are a K-12 teacher and want to have your students participate in an ICS program, please contact us.
I would recommend AIC to all teachers, schools, and districts. My students have high levels of engagement, love the class, and constantly discuss current events both in the simulation and the real world. The class gives the students a very deep understanding of the conflict, while at the same time, allowing students to hone their reading and writing skills. AIC should be a part of all schools, as few activities are as enriching, engaging, rigorous, and rewarding.
I have not been able to find a better way to teach students both the skill of writing and the content of my social studies classes than the interactive simulations conducted by the University of Michigan. The simulations immerse students in “real life” situations that make learning both more meaningful and more fun. These programs are for ALL students and are particularly adept at helping those who struggle with research and writing. The programs are administered with great attention and care by the fabulous students and professors at the University of Michigan. I simply cannot imagine teaching my classes without participating in one of their simulations.