Democracy and our Schools

Watch the 90 second video below for an overview of our special series on what educators can do to help save our democracy.   

We're offering a free Educator's Guide for this series. Contents include:

  • A description of each episode
  • A list of participants with links to their profiles
  • The recommended audiences and grade levels for each episode
  • Links to additional resources 

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Episode 1: A Stronger Democracy Through Character Education

  • Dr. Marvin W. Berkowitz, Professor of Character Education, University of Missouri at St. Louis
  • Dr. Kashina Bell, Deputy Superintendent, School District of University City, St. Louis



Episode 2: The Power of Civic Engagement

  • Dr. Joseph Kahne, Professor for Education Policy and Politics at the University of California at Riverside and Co-Director of the Civic Engagement Research Group
  • Alejandra Frausto, Manager, Project-Based Learning for the Chicago Public Schools
  • Eve Vankley, 7th grade civics teacher, Bay County Schools, Florida



Episode 3: Teacher Restrictions in Texas - A Threat to our Democracy?

  • Dr. Michael Hinojosa, Superintendent, Dallas Independent School District
  • Mary Gonzalez, Representative of the Texas State Legislature
  • Lakeisha Patterson, 3rd grade teacher, Deepwater Elementary School near Houston



Episode 4: Teaching in the Era of Fake News and "Hoaxes"

  • Dr. Wayne Journell, Associate Professor of Secondary Social Studies Education at the University of North Carolina at Greensboro
  • Dr. Jennifer Hauver, Associate Professor of Education, Randolph-Macon College, Ashland, Virginia
  • Dr. Victor Rios, Professor of Sociology, U.C. Santa Barbara



Episode 5: Why Inadequate and Inequitable School Funding Imperil our Democracy

  • Dr. Derek Black, Professor of Law, University of South Carolina School of Law
  • Dr. Preston Green, Professor of Educational Leadership and Law at the University of Connecticut
  • Dr. Joshua Starr, Chief Executive Officer, PDK International
  • Sanaa Kahloon, Student, Harvard University



Episode 6: Honest History and Civic Mindedness for Younger Learners (with support from administrators and parents)

  • Tracy Barnett, History Teacher, Hopkins Jr. High School, Fremont, CA
  • Corey Brown, Principal, Hopkins Jr. High School, Fremont, CA
  • Dr. Jennifer Hauver, Associate Professor of Education, Randolph-Macon College, Ashland, Virginia



Episode 7: Keep Controversies, Current Events, and Politics in the Classroom

  • Diana Hess, Dean, School of Education, University of Wisconsin-Madison



Episode 8: History Education, Civics, and Student Advocacy - Seeking Common Ground

  • Ace Parsi, Senior Director of Outreach and Partnerships for Educating for American Democracy
  • Amber Northern, Senior Vice President for Research at the Thomas B. Fordham Institute
  • Danny Diaz, Director of UCLA's History-Geography Project and a former high school history teacher