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The Democracy Project instructors Ed Freel (left) and Fran O'Malley (right) recognize educator Lisa Swan of Sussex Technical High School (center) for her participation in the 2016 Institute for Teachers.
The Democracy Project promotes civic engagement and a better
understanding of citizen responsibilities in a democratic society among
young people through a series of education-based services and
Its lead program is the summer Institute for Teachers. The goal of the Institute is to improve the teaching of civics in
Delaware classrooms by working with individual teachers. Through the
Institute, teachers have the opportunity to meet with many public
figures and develop new and innovative lesson plans. Over the past 20 years, more than 300 teachers have participated.
In addition to the summer Institute for Teachers, The Democracy Project makes available to teachers a wide range of civic education resources (including lesson plans) and links to notable civics websites.
In February 2019, the Democracy Project convened Delawares first Summit on Civics Education. View the summary report that outlines background leading to the summit; a review of the summit activities; critical findings; and a potential path forward.
The Democracy Project also provides a range of activities through partnerships with:
The Democracy Project staff also teach an undergraduate course titled Civics and Economics for the Elementary Teacher. This course is required for all elementary education majors at the University of Delaware.
For more information about The Democracy Project, contact Fran O'Malley.
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