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During the 2017 Institute for Teachers, Peter Adams from the News Literacy Project conducted a training session on media literacy. The teachers discussed the impact of fake news, how to determine the credibility of a source, and how articles are deemed "newsworthy" by media outlets.
The Democracy Project Institute for Teachers brings together teachers (K-12) and leaders in government and education to discuss the importance of civic participation for the future of our democratic society and collaborate on ways to inspire active youth citizenship.
Teachers will have the opportunity to:
The Institute is designed to improve the teaching and learning of civics by enhancing participants content knowledge, resources, and instructional and assessment practices.
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The Democracy Project Summer Institute for Teachers will be hosted in-person on June 17, 18, 20, 21, 2024, with a special theme of "Elections 2024: Teaching, Learning, and Discussing."
The Democracy Project Institute for Teachers brings together educators, candidates, and policymakers to discuss the importance of civic participation for sustaining the health of the American political system and to collaborate on ways to develop the knowledge, skills, and dispositions needed by students to engage constructively in civic life. This summer’s institute will focus on the upcoming campaigns/elections and how they might be taught effectively in K-12 classrooms.
To nominate a teacher for the 2024 Summer Institute fill out the nomination form today.
From Dover to Washington, D.C., this short video features highlights from the 2019 Democracy Project Institute for Teachers.
2023: The Summer Institute featured a special theme of "Teaching Delaware Civics Standards for Grade 7 Teachers." The Delaware Department of Education (DDOE) worked with our Delaware Center for Civics Education to develop model lessons to support civics teachers in grade 7. This summer institute offered grade 7 teachers professional learning and resources to prepare them to implement the model lessons.
2022: The Summer Institute for Teachers featured a special theme of "Understanding and Teaching Delaware Civics and History Standards for Grade 4 Teachers." This special institute was designed to offer grade 4 teachers professional learning and resources to prepare for the shift in social studies curriculum.
2020 & 2021: The Democracy Project held its annual civics education summer institute online in a scaled-down fashion based on advice from K-12 teachers. The institute ran four days with opportunities for online interactions with elected officials and others influencing policies.
2019: Participating teachers learned new ways to teach Delawares civics standards through engagement with model lesson plans developed by Democracy Project Director Fran O'Malley and about the inner workings of state and national politics from IPA Senior Fellow and former Delaware Secretary of State Ed Freel. More information on the 21st annual Institute for Teachers can be found in this featured article.
This video highlights the 2016 Advanced Institute, which shifted its curriculum from a general civic-education theme to an in-depth focus on the election process.
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For more information about The Democracy Project Institute for Teachers, contact Fran O'Malley.