At Democracy Prep, civics is incorporated into our curriculum at every grade level. We believe that our scholars will change the world, and we want them to be equipped with the skills to do just that. One component of our civics program is an emphasis on the importance of voting and political engagement. All of our scholars go out into their neighborhoods to encourage community members to vote. All of our scholars also participate in Days of Service, when they have the opportunity to complete a community service project with their classmates, like delivering meals to the homebound or refurbishing a community garden.
Teacher Flexibility with Strong Supports
As educators, we know that there are certain core practices that are essential to ensuring all scholars receive a rigorous, joyful experience- deeply understanding curriculum, strategically analyzing data, building strong relationships. What this looks like may differ in each region and school- and we believe that those closest to the ground need to be involved in making those decisions. Democracy Prep provides strong frameworks and systems, and leaders work alongside teachers to ensure that these systems and frameworks are placing every scholar on the path to college– and questioning when they are not. Having autonomy within a framework ensures we can be an outcomes-driven organization.
Democracy Prep’s Leader U program is another way DP offers development to our staff. The Leader U program was created to train and develop individuals who want to become transformational and highly effective school leaders. One and two year pathways are available. The Leader U program helps participants focus on becoming effective teaching coaches while also taking on increased responsibilities within a school. They also have the opportunity to refine their leadership skills during a school-based fellowship.
Learn more about Leader-U