Democratic education: what is it?
There is not one answer, nor should there be because ourworld and communities are constantly evolving and so mustour understanding o what it means to teach and learn in waysthat equip every human being to participate ully in a healthydemocracy. The goal o democratic education is to empoweryoung people to be autonomous, responsible members o theircommunity and the larger world.Democratic Education is rooted in meaningul challenge tothe learner, while also being responsive and relevant to thelarger community. It celebrates the adventure o learning, whilecultivating personal and social responsibility. It helps individualsand communities fnd their voices.A democracy is a system in which the people have power andare able to exercise it. Democratic education incorporates theprinciples o a healthy democracy: students have an active role inshaping their own learning, rather than being passive recipients o knowledge.
Who is participating?
Over 20 countries rom at least fve continents500 participants rom outside o Puerto Rico300 participants rom Puerto Rico100 youth participantsOver 150 volunteersParentsTeachersPrincipals and administratorsMayors o US, Latin American, and Israeli citiesPolicy advocates and decision-makersCommunity organizersAcademic researchers
What will we talk about?
Engaging studentsDeveloping teachers, parents, and community leadersAssessing and improving or qualityTransorming curriculum, policies, and organizationalstructuresConnecting to place, relevance, and real-lie learningExploring the edges o educating or social and educationaltransormation