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See you next year in Puerto Rico, next to the sun!
We have so much to celebrate.Next year, the International DemocraticEducation Conerence marks 20 years o lie and we will rejoice in sunny,colorul and distinct Puerto Rico. The beautiul Caribbean island will hostIDEC 2012 or the frst time. Be there,enjoy the beauty, culture and historyo the Caribbean while ensuringthat every youth can become involvedsignifcantly in their education andacquire the tools to build a more just,democratic and sustainable society.
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 meaningul 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 qualityTransorming curriculum, policies, and organizationalstructuresConnecting to place, relevance, and real-lie learningExploring the edges o educating or social and educationaltransormation
Caguas Botanic GardenOne of the Puerto Rico’s beaches.
Puerto Rico, a Spanish-speaking USA Commonwealth, is atransportation and communications hub or the Americas.It oers a wide variety o cultural, environmental and socialactivities such as symphony and philharmonic orchestras, artmuseums, national ballets and plenty o gastronomic andshopping options. The 500 year-old city o San Juan main-tains its Spanish colonial splendor and is an ofcial UNESCOWorld Heritage Site. Puerto Rico boasts a wide variety o beaches and designated nature reserves including the larg-est rainorest in the Caribbean, El Yunque.IDEC 2012 will take place in the city o Caguas, ounded in1775 and located in the Central Mountain Range o PuertoRico, 20 miles (32 km) rom San Juan. The city o 142,000 in-habitants oers a variety o cultural and educational muse-ums, historical landmarks, a cultural and botanical park, andeco-tours, among other attractions.For more inormation on Caguas, please visit:www.Go-to-Caguas.com
Puerto Rico awaits you:
Invited speakers
Yaacov Hecht, ounder o the Institute or Democratic Education in Israel.Justo Méndez Arámburu, ounder and executive director o Nuestra Escuela in Puerto Rico.Dana Bennis, coounder o IDEA (Institute or Democratic Education in America).Scott Nine, Executive Director o IDEA.Isaac Graves, lead organizer o AERO, United States’ largest alternative education conerence.Shilpa Jain, Outreach coordinator o Other worlds, the Global Youth Leadership Collaborativeand the Leveraging Privilege or Social Change Jam.Lourdes Aponte, Alliance or Alternative EducationDr. Linda Darling Hammond, Stanord UniversityDr. Pedro Noguera, NYU’s Steinhardt School o EducationAlberto Retana, US Department o EducationMelia Dicker, Co-ounder o the Institute or Democratic Education in AmericaKhali Williams, Executive Director o the Bay SchoolDr. Ana Helvia Quintero, University o Puerto RicoDr. Pedro Subirats, University o Puerto RicoMany others

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