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Democratic Education Criteria



Handout at AERO Conference, August 2011, Portland, OR

Handout at AERO Conference, August 2011, Portland, OR



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Democratic Education Criteria Democratic Education Criteria Presentation Transcript

  • What Is Democratic Education? The slides attached were created by Kirsten Olson, Ed.D., Founding Board Member of IDEA for a presentation at the Alternative Educator’s Resource Organization (AERO) Annual Conference Scott Nine, Executive Director of IDEA, also presented August 2011 Portland, OR
  • Democratic Education Guidelines (For examples of IDEA’s Exemplars, go to IDEA’s online Eduvation Library. Also check out IDEA’s complete Curating Guidelines Kirsten Olson, Ed.D.,
  • • Decision-making is shared• Participatory• Less hierarchical• Positional power of adults less importantShared Authority Kirsten Olson, Ed.D., View slide
  • Real Thinking• Achievement is related to “real” outcomes• Work organized around student interests• Project-oriented• Moves to greater learning independence AND interdependence• Rigor produced in many ways• Rigor increasingly defined by students Kirsten Olson, Ed.D., View slide
  • !Equitable• High achievement is available to all• “Merit” is not a scarce good• Mastery view of learning• Purpose of school is not to sort kids• Broad views of ability• Developmental view of achievement (grows through time, with practice) Kirsten Olson, Ed.D.,
  • Creating A Culture of“Critical” Citizenry • School reflects community • Community engaged in establishing rules • Difference creates strength • Hospitable culture (“welcoming the stranger”) • Shared decision-making helps people find their voices • Culture promotes involvement, you “own” it Kirsten Olson, Ed.D.,
  • Theory of “REASONED ACTION”* “The "habits of mind" that the schools I started were based fundamentally on the idea that the way we persuade others in a democracy is by reasoned use of evidence -- not merely passion and coercion.” -Deborah Meier, How Democratic Are Our Schools? Huffington Post *Fishbein, 1967; Fishbein & Ajzen, 1975, Pryor, 1990; 1995
  • PossibleOutcomes• Higher achievement• Greater engagement• More cooperation• Feeling of relevance• More social justice Kirsten Olson, Ed.D.,
  • What DoesDemocratic Education Look Like? (moves to audience participation)