Allison Becker
B.A. '13 and M.A. '15 - Experienced and published media policy researcher.
 
 
Alex Greer
M.S. '12 and Ph.D. '15 - Experience in quick response fieldwork, teaching emergency management.
 
 
Andrew Haines
MPA '03 – An accomplished local government leader and appointed official.
 
 
Angela Gladwell
M.A. ’98 – Instrumental in environmental planning and federal emergency management decision making.
 
 
Elizabeth Burland
M.A. '15 - Studying for a doctoral degree in Sociology and Public Policy at the University of Michigan.
 
 
Chunjing Liu
M.S. '14 – On the front lines of marine disaster mitigation through effective policy planning in China.
 
 
Cimone Philpotts
MPA '13 - Assistantship and Legislative Fellows experiences enrich doctoral student's blossoming career
 
 
Savannah Edwards
MPA '17 - Planning for sustainable and complete communities in Delaware and Maryland.
 
 
Scott Murphy Eisenhart
MPA '17 - Legislative aide credits Biden School for helping him excel in the world of politics and policy.
 
 
Taylor Hawk
MPA '17 - Graduate oversees every stage of policy development for Senate Majority Caucus.
 
 
Gwen Angalet
Ph.D. '00 - Ensuring programmatic and research opportunities for the promotion of children's health.
 
 
Hira Rashid
M.A. '15, Ph.D. '20 – Fulbright scholar who studied global health economics and urbanization.
 
 
Katelyn Andrews (Hosey)
MPA '16 - Research assistant and Legislative Fellow experience help inform grad's career trajectory.
 
 
Hsien-Ho (Ray) Chang
Ph.D. '15 - Utilizing his knowledge of disaster science to educate students on fire and emergency management.
 
 
James B. Goetschius
Ph.D. '14 - Serves in the U.S. Army improving health care facilities in the eastern United States.
 
 
Jenna Ahner
B.A. '12 and MPA '14 - Aligning K-12, postsecondary, and workforce systems
 
 
Jissell Martinez
MPA '10 - Manages fiscal affairs and serves as a liaison for the Dept of Languages, Literatures and Cultures
 
 
John Carney
MPA '86 – Governor of the State of Delaware
 
 
Kelsey Edmond
B.S. '14, M.P.A. '18 - OCL program prepared her for success in pursuit of an interdisciplinary career.
 
 
Kirsten Jones
M.A. '16 - Contributing to policies that strengthen transportation and trade in New York and New Jersey.
 
 
Laura Keeley
Laura Keeley found success working as an Architectural Historian after graduating from the Public Planning and
 
 
Lindsey Interlante
MPA '07 - Advocates for enriched, hands-on learning experiences at higher education institutions.
 
 
Mark D Stevens
MPA '09 – Integral in the leadership and financial management of federal agencies.
 
 
Matthew Garlipp
B.A. '13 - Enabling organizational accountability via performance metrics, evaluation, and strategic planning
 
 
Megan Wakelee
B.S. '11 - Executing leadership in a corporate setting.
 
 
Meredith Rubin
B.A. '11 - Practicing leadership and collaboration in the financial services sector.
 
 
Merritt Burke IV
MPA '98 - Various experiences in town management and community involvement.
 
 
Evan Miller
MPA '17 - Local Government Management Fellowship kickstarts graduate's professional career.
 
 
Natasha R. Nau
MPA '12 - Advocating for efficient resource allocation and streamlined service delivery in local government.
 
 
Emma Odren
MPA '18 - From IPA fellow to nonprofit manager, grad attributes workplace success to grad school experience.
 
 
Paige Gugerty
B.A. '15 - Coordinating electronic connections between healthcare providers and resources.
 
 
Paul Ruiz
B.A. and M.A. '13 - Advocating for alternative fuels and reducing America's dependence on oil.
 
 
Ryan Burke
Ph.D. '15 - Vast experience with military strategy and conducting military research.
 
 
Scott Beale
MPA '07 - Successful nonprofit entrepreneur with experience in diplomacy and national politics.
 
 
Serita Porter
M.A. '15 - Continuing her behavioral health education at the University of Delaware.
 
 
Stephanie Ottino
B.S. '11 - Executing leadership skills in higher education.
 
 
Fratern Masika Tarimo
MPA '09 - Supports nonprofit efforts to help communities in many African countries.
 
 
Thomas Martin
Ph.D. '14 - Directing the M.S. in Health Informatics program in the College of Public Health at Temple Univ.
 
 
Elizabeth Lockman
M.A. '15 - Delaware state senator with roots in advocacy.
 
 
Tom DeWire
MPA '04 - Developing strategies for education systems to improve student achievement.
 
 
Vitaly Lee
MPA '97 - energy industry project development, regulatory and asset management
 
 
Yuliya Brel
M.A. '15 - Continuing her public policy education and assisting with research at the University of Delaware.
 
 
Zack Adinoff
M.S. '13 - Experience in coordinating public safety, logistics, planning, and general disaster continuity.
 
 
Mary Kuna
M.A. '12 - Among the youngest women in PA governement to hold her level position
 
 
Dan Henne
MPA, ’19 – Anticipates and analyzes critical events that could impact worldwide operations
 
 
Wanja Thuku
MPA, ’19 – Expanding the reach of the BDT across the nation through strategic partnerships
 
 
Noah Toly
M.A. '05, Ph.D. '06 - Now provost with a career of scholarship and service that engages a broader public.
 
 
Madison Cann
B.A. '19 - Continuing her education to work in domestic policy for social justice.
 
 
Kohei Akiba
B.A. '20 - Advancing public health research using skills he learned as a student
 
 
Betsey Suchanic
MPA '19 – Supporting public libraries as an essential community resource
 
 
Lauren Camp Gates
MPA '17 - Advocacating for individuals with Down Syndrome and their families
 
 
Ellen Schenk
MPP '21 – Applies analytical skills to reproductive health and behavioral health projects
 
 
Frank Mieczkowski
MPA '03 – Experience as Legislative Fellow led to passion for public service and committment to justice
 
 
Dabney Brice
MPA '20 - Advocating for equitable investment in social entrepreneurs
 
 
Roger Huston
Ph.D. '19 - Applying organizational theory and management in higher education
 
 
Allie Foster
MPA ’22 – Overseeing the distribution of nearly $102 million in relief funding
 
 
Alexandra Tarantino
Alexandra Tarantino is a University of Delaware Alumni who graduated from the Historic Preservation Master's p
 
 
Jeremy Rothwell
M.A. '14, HP Cert '15 - Technical review of all city site-plans, subdivision and building permit applications.
 
 
Courtney Mogavero
B.S. '12 – Translating leadership education into a successful early career path in major tech corporations.
 
 
Janet Sheridan
M.A. '07 - Providing heritage preservation services, and cultural landscape research in southern New Jersey.
 
 
Melanie Ross Levin
B.A. and MPA '05 – Developing education and advocacy campaigns on public policy relating to women's issues.
 
 
Dená Brummer
MPA '05 – Successful private sector business partner drawing upon public sector experiences.
 
 
Eric Anthony Johnson
Ph.D. '03 – Revitalizing a community through the application of theory and practical experience.
 
 
David Rudder
Ph.D. '03 – Practicing effective leadership to academic programs that promote service to the community.
 
 
Erin Kennedy
MPA '06 – Drives health care organizations towards improving quality of patient care and clinical outcomes.
 
 
Tom Friedman
MPA '07 – Manages government relations, strategic & financial plan, and policy analysis for State Health Plan.
 
 
Mike Morton
MPA '86 – Oversees budgetary analysis and legislative information systems for the Delaware General Assembly.
 
 
Jonathan Kirch
MPA '07 – Advocating for public policy that promotes better health for all Americans.
 
 
Albert Shields
MPA '07 – Developing strategies to best communicate Governor Carney's positions on diverse policy issues.
 
 
Kim Gomes
MPA '04 – Strategically lobbying for client interests on a number of policy issues.
 
 
Erika Farris
M.A. '09 – Developing policies to better manage water drainage and promote environmental sustainability.
 
 
Mike Fortner
MPA '02 – Overseeing city planning for housing, land use, economic development, and transportation.
 
 
Emily Gonce
MPA '02 – Leading lobbying efforts to show members of Congress the value of life insurance to constituents.
 
 
Bill Clark
MPA '03 – Supervising a team of consultants to support projects for the U.S. Department of Homeland Security.
 
 
Barrett Edwards
MPA '06 – Assisting municipalities with legal issues including planning, human resources, and finance.
 
 
Benjamin Attia
MEEP'16 - Research and consulting on market trends in solar photovoltaics in Africa and the Middle East
 
 
Anastasia Kuzmina
MPA '02 – Supporting two general managers with product and employee management in 14 countries.
 
 
Wei-Ming Chen
Conducting renewable energy and electricity market researches
 
 
Michelle Kung
PHDUAPP'14 - Promoting innovation and technology through mentoring and investing technology startups
 
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Introduction

Teachers huddle around a computer to determine which news stories should be on the front page of their news site, in a class exercise on news literacy.

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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:

  • Meet and interact with government leaders, the media, and policy experts in discussions about a contemporary, high-profile issue
  • Refresh their appreciation of the conflict and compromise that ensure true representative democracy
  • Develop innovative and interactive teaching strategies to inspire youth to become involved in democracy
  • Deepen their understanding of Delaware and national civics standards
  • Share ideas and network with colleagues and program speakers

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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2022 Special Summer Institute for Grade 4 Teachers

The Democracy Project Summer Institute for Teachers will be hosted in-person from June 20–24, 2022, with a special theme of "Understanding and Teaching Delaware Civics and History Standards for Grade 4 Teachers​."

Delaware is shifting its social studies curriculum and assessments in grade 4 to focus exclusively on civics and history standards beginning in the Fall of 2022. This special summer institute is designed to offer grade 4 teachers professional learning and resources that will allow you to plan for the shifts over the summer.​

Apply today by filling out the online application form.

What's being planned?

  • Deep dives into the grade 4 civics and history standards and clarifications

  • Overviews of Black history and other culturally relevant features of the curriculum

  • Guided practice with instructional materials that support the shift

  • Presentations by those overseeing curriculum and assessment at DDOE

  • Sample state assessments that will help inform your classroom assessments

  • Information about resources provided by Delaware's museum community that support the shift

  • Interactions with government officials that focus on key standards concepts such as separation of powers, due process, and civic responsibility​

  • In-person training on the University of Delaware's Main Campus in Newark, Delaware, with field trips to museums in​ Philadelphia and Washington, D.C.​

Attendees will walk away with a deep understanding of the content and resources available to teach the new curriculum and with the confidence to teach it!​

To nominate a teacher for the 2022 Summer Institute fill out the nomination form today.

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Highlights from Past Institutes



From Dover to Washington, D.C., this short video features highlights from the 2019 Democracy Project Institute for Teachers.

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.

2018: Polarization of the American Electorate

For its 20th year, The Democracy Project Summer Institute for Teachers focused on the polarization of the American electorate and featured guest speakers representing Delaware on the local, state, and federal level. Additionally, in-depth teaching lessons and discussions, interactive teaching opportunities, and a visit with teachers from the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia helped to bring new perspectives to the classroom.

2017: Transitions, Budgets, and Media Literacy

For the 2017 institute, participating scholars met with key leaders at the local, state, and national levels as well as civics and literacy education specialists who provided guided practice in the use of standards-based lessons that support student achievement in the areas of civics, literacy, media literacy.

2016: Advanced Institute with Election Focus

For its 18th year, The Democracy Project Summer Institute for Teachers shifted its curriculum from a general civic-education theme to an in-depth focus on the election process. The new program highlighted a range of topics relating to elections, including fundraising, running campaigns, the roles of the national parties, pollsters, media, super PACs, and the Electoral College. Teachers also enjoyed one-on-one interactions with prominent candidates currently running for statewide elected office.

Twenty-five Delaware school teachers participated in this advanced summer institute, including alumni of the original program. The teachers represented elementary, middle, and high schools and public, private, parochial, and charter schools.

This five-day seminar focused on the election process. It is designed to inspire civic involvement in Americas youth through innovative classroom teaching. The following video provides highlights of the week-long institute:

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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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Interested in learning more?

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Contact Us

For more information about The Democracy Project Institute for Teachers, contact Fran O'Malley.

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