Build Democracies in Schools, Writes Dr. Brasof

April 26, 2016

By Marc Brasof and Anne Spector for Kappan published April 5, 2016

Source: Teach students about civics through schoolwide governance

Dr. Marc Brasof, assistant professor of Education, published "Teach students about civics through schoolwide governance" in Kappan, the magazine for the education honors society Phi Delta Kappa. 

Brasof writes of his work with the Rendell Center for Civics and Civic Engagement and Edwin M. Stanton Elementary School over the past two years, where the Center introduced a more civics-minded curriculum through which students "learn and practice the knowledge and skills of effective citizenship." 

Building democracies in elementary schools is possible and holds the potential to increase civic learning and improve other school policies and practices. Stanton’s approach to civic education presents a promising new model of civic learning and school leadership — one in which youth-adult leadership activity has the potential to create a community focused on school challenges and simultaneously build the capacity of youth to be active citizens.
 

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