Deliberating in democracy

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Project Summary:
Deliberating in a Democracy (DID) is a project directed by the Constitutional Rights Foundation Chicago (CRFC), in partnership with the Constitutional Rights Foundation in Los Angeles (CRF) and Street Law, Inc.

The two overarching goals of the Project are to provide: (1) a model for secondary teachers to learn and appreciate among themselves the power of deliberation in their classrooms; and (2) a platform for engaging secondary students in discussions of substantive content on the institutions, governmental systems, and basic principles of a democratic constitutional state. Deliberating in Democracy is teacher-focused initiative designed to improve teaching and learning of democratic principles and the skills for civic deliberation.

Major activities associated with the project include: (1) teacher staff development workshops, (2) classroom deliberations, (3) an online Discussion Board for students and teachers, (4) a teleconference between students in partner sites, and (5) a teacher exchange.

Timeframe:
3-years project

Year 1: Start Date: August 15, 2007 / Completion Date: August 14, 2008

Funding:
Deliberating in Democracy of funded by the grant from the US Department of Education – http://www.ed.gov and is managed by Constitutional Rights Foundation Chicago – http://www.crfc.org, Constitutional Rights Foundation from Los Angeles – http://www.crf-usa.org and Street Law Inc. – http://www.streetlaw.org in partnership with organizations from each project site in participating countries.

 

Project Sites:
In its first year (2004-05), the DID Project was conducted with secondary teachers and their students in six sites: the European countries of Azerbaijan, the Czech Republic, and Lithuania; and the metropolitan areas surrounding Chicago, Los Angeles, and Washington, DC (Fairfax County, Virginia).

During the 2005-06 school year, these sites continued to participate in the project. Five additional sites began participating in the project during the 2005-06 year: Estonia; Kaluga, Russia; Moscow, Russia; and two sites within the United States, Denver and Columbia, South Carolina.

During the 2006-07 school year, these sites continued to participate in the project.

During the 2007-08 school year in addition to previous years sites, five additional sites began participating in the project: Macedonia, Romania, Serbia, Ukraine and one site within the United States: Bloomington, Indiana.

Please see the following link for more information on Deliberating in Democracy Project: http://www.deliberating.org/