Deliberating in a Democracy (DID) is a project that trains teachers to help students increase their knowledge, skills, and inclination to engage in civil conversations and deliberations about public policy questions facing their own countries and countries around the world.
The program is offered by Street Law, Inc., Constitutional Rights Foundation Chicago, and Constitutional Rights Foundation with funding from the U.S. Department of Education.
Over the past six years, DID has provided free lesson plans and professional development to more than 400 teachers in the United States and nine other countries, reaching more than 8,000 students. High school teachers and students in Fairfax and Montgomery County schools have been participating in the project for six and three years, respectively.
About the institute
This open institute is designed to teach interested DC-area educators about the Structured Academic Controversy method and show teachers how the DID program can enhance their students’ understanding of democracy and public policy questions.
The program has a logical curricular fit and has been used in law classes, as well as various levels, of government classes, European and world history classes, Connections classes, and even in English courses. In the coming years, DID will be expanding to collaborate with teachers and students in Mexico and Latin America, so we are also interested in meeting and working with DC-area teachers of Latin American history.