The Illinois Democracy Schools Initiative supports a growing network of high schools that are committed to bringing civic learning experiences to their students.
A healthy democracy–one that truly thrives, not just survives—depends on the informed and active participation of all citizens. Although civic learning experiences have nearly vanished from many of our schools, the Illinois Democracy Schools Initiative supports a growing network of high schools that are committed to reversing this trend.
List of Democracy Schools
Explore the growing network of Illinois high schools that are dedicated to expanding and improving civic learning experiences across the curriculum.
Elements of Democracy Schools
To sustain a school-wide commitment to civic learning, research identifies learning experiences and elements of organizational culture that need to be in place.
Illinois Civics Hub (ICH) at the DuPage Regional Office of Education is excited to be the new home of the Democracy School Initiative through generous funding from the Robert R. McCormick Foundation. The Democracy School Recognition Process provides schools with an opportunity to be elevated for their commitment to civic learning through an examination of instructional practices and organizational structures.