The Democracy Project Institute for Teachers

photo of the 2008 scholars with Vice-President (then U.S. Senator) Joe Biden
Summer Institute for Teachers scholars from 2008 met in Washington, D.C., with Vice President (then U.S. Senator) Joe Biden as part of the course’s field trip to Capitol Hill.
Announcing Advanced Institute for Summer 2016

This summer we will host the new Advanced Democracy Project Summer Institute on June 20–24, 2016. This five-day seminar will focus on the election process. It is designed to inspire civic involvement in America’s youth through innovative classroom teaching.

The institute is open to all teachers. Democracy Project alumni are encouraged to attend.

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The Democracy Project Institute for Teachers is a nine-day, three-credit graduate seminar designed to inspire civic involvement in America’s youth through innovative classroom.

“The standard for professional development has been set.”
—Amy Broomall, 2008 Institute Scholar

The 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 leaders at all levels of government.
  • 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.

All participants are expected to agree to:

  1. Attend all seminar sessions
  2. Develop a lesson related to the goals of the Institute that is aligned with the Delaware Civics Standards
  3. Present their lesson during the Institute to fellow scholars who teach at their grade level.

You can check out the “Related Links” to see lists of former guest speakers and the scholars (teachers) who have participated over the years.

Sign up to receive more information about upcoming institutes.

For more information, contact Ed Freel (302-831-8943), Fran O'Malley (302-831-8443), or Sarah Pragg (302-831-4954).