The Democratic Knowledge Project, a K-12 civic education provider based at Harvard University, is happy to talk with you about our professional development workshops and instructional supports for educators.
We offer professional development and instructional supports for both a year-long 8th grade civics curriculum (including a unit dedicated to student-led civics projects) and opportunities focused solely on supporting teachers in implementing student-led civics projects. Contact firstname.lastname@example.org to talk further about how we can support your district.
Year-Long 8th Grade Civics Curriculum (including student-led civics project unit)
Student-Led Civics Projects Support for 8th Grade and High School Teachers
The Democratic Knowledge Project partnered with the Massachusetts Department of Elementary and Secondary Education in developing the Civics Project Guidebook: Guidance to Support Implementation of Chapter 296 of the Acts of 2018, An Act to Promote and Enhance Civic Engagement. The DKP team, which includes an Action Civics Specialist and educators, has multiple examples of student-led civic projects implemented in classrooms in Massachusetts.
The DKP offers a multi-district approach for professional development and supports that combines both virtual and in person opportunities at Harvard University or an approach that brings the DKP team to a district with more local opportunities for in-person supports.
Civic Ed Summer Workshop at Harvard University
In July 2019, educational professionals from across Massachussetts joined the DKP for a two-day deep dive into a brand-new Grade 8 Civics curriculum. Educators were presented with a year-long six-unit open-source curriculum, analyzed how the DKP units align with the core competencies of content standards, practiced standards in the 2018 MA History and Social Science Frameworks, and workshopped ways to adapt DKP resources to meet the needs of their students and context.
With workshops led by Danielle Allen, the James Bryant Conant University Professor at Harvard University and Director of Harvard’s Edmond J. Safra Center for Ethics, as well as additional lecturers with research and teaching appointments at Harvard, Civic Educators earned up to 10.5 professional development points (PDPs).