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Year in Review: Deliberating in a Democracy in the Americas
September 10, 2012
Street Law and its partners—Constitutional Rights Foundation and Constitutional Rights Foundation Chicago—are celebrating the end of a successful program year for Deliberating in a Democracy in the Americas.
Since 2004, the program has trained teachers in the United States, Central/Eastern Europe, North/Western Asia, and—most recently—Latin America to effectively use deliberations in their classrooms.
The program year kicked off last August with a professional development institute in Lima, Peru. It continued with international site visits, where teachers saw their partner schools in action, and a teleconference that brought students together to deliberate whether violent juvenile offenders should be punished as adults. The year culminated in June when participating teachers gathered in Chicago to share program successes and challenges and discuss ways to sustain the program in the coming school year.
Deliberating in a Democracy in the Americas was formally evaluated by the University of Minnesota. Preliminary findings are indicative of success:
(Reproduced with permission)
Deliberating in a Democracy
Topic: Civic & Law-Related Education
Topic: Democracy/Human Rights
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