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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 http://democraticeducation.org/index.php/curating) Kirsten Olson, Ed.D., www.kirstenolson.org
  • • Decision-making is shared• Participatory• Less hierarchical• Positional power of adults less importantShared Authority Kirsten Olson, Ed.D., www.kirstenolson.org 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., www.kirstenolson.org 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., www.kirstenolson.org
  • 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., www.kirstenolson.org
  • 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., www.kirstenolson.org
  • What DoesDemocratic Education Look Like? (moves to audience participation)