Living Democracy in the Classroom: Changing the Approach
Karen Rowe, Ph.D.,Elizabeth Urban, Ph.D.
General Teaching Topics
Monday, January 13th 2014
The presenters will share the work they do collaboratively with their students and the work accomplished over the past five years in the graduate teacher licensure program. The program is a cohort model, professional development school housed at Fossil Ridge High School, in partnership with Colorado State University. The program has, as its foundation, the Four-Part Mission of the Agenda for Education in a Democracy developed by the National Network for Educational Renewal. The work focuses on the ideals of democracy, social justice and equity as the center of instructional planning and teacher preparation. It is a core belief of the partnership that students can attain those necessary skills and dispositions only by living democracy every day in the classroom.
The ongoing effort began with the pre-service teachers writing daily democracy objectives as well as daily content and literacy objectives. The addition of objectives addressing democratic skills and dispositions resulted in revised unit and lesson planning templates which frame the experience of learning content in a democratic setting. The planning for creating democratic settings must be thoughtful and intentional. One student’s work including unit and lesson planning is featured in this presentation, and is an example of changing the approach. This is a practical way of living democracy in the classroom while acquiring 21st Century Skills. The templates place democracy and social justice at the center of planning, teaching and assessing.
The presenters will share this approach and invite discussion.
Goals and Target Audience:
Goal - to implement a lesson plan template which focuses on living and experiencing democracy in every classroom every day for the purpose of enhancing equity and social justice. The audience is all educators Pre K to 20.