Highlights from Past Institutes
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.
Some of the questions covered in the institute included the following:
- What are some of its causes and effects?
- Who might be orchestrating or encouraging this polarization?
- How might the content and concepts prioritized in Delaware’s civics standards help explain the divisiveness?
- How might social studies educators nurture a future generation of citizens who work more collaboratively toward the common good?
More information on the 20th annual Institute for Teachers can be found in this featured article.
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
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
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.
seminar focused on the election process. It is designed to inspire
civic involvement in America’s youth through innovative classroom
teaching. The following video provides highlights of the week-long