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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 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.
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.
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
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 Americas youth through innovative classroom
teaching. The following video provides highlights of the week-long
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.