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Pennsylvania Center for Civic Life

TeachingDemocracy.org is web home of the Pennsylvania Center for Civic Life, an online meeting place and resource center for people interested in sharing what they know – or would like to know – about deliberative democracy. The focus of TeachingDemocracy.org is on the teaching and practice of deliberative talk. The program is interested in helping people and institutions share what they have learned – through research or practice – about how public deliberation affects learning and doing in classrooms, meeting rooms, in local communities and in virtual communities on the Internet.

Founded by Dr. James Knauer, Professor Emeritus of Political Science at Lock Haven University of Pennsylvania, PaCCL is dedicated to fostering innovation and collaboration in the teaching and learning of deliberative citizenship. At teachingdemocracy.org, you will find numerous links to reports of formal research and practical experiences in the application of deliberative practices in classrooms and meeting rooms, in local communities and in virtual communities on the internet.

Democracy Lab

PaCCL's major ongoing project is Democracy Lab, an exciting new resource for promoting civic engagement, developing student civic leadership and transforming campus climate. Through its developmentally sequenced set of learning experiences for classroom and co-curricular use, Democracy Lab addresses the widely recognized failure of formal schooling to develop strong citizens at both the high school and college level. Democracy Lab is a convenient and flexible way to engage students in public affairs and to help them acquire active citizenship skills while enhancing their capacity to meet rigorous academic standards.

Responding to the growing interest in curriculum-based civic education, Democracy Lab helps you integrate a powerful civic education module into a wide variety of existing courses without starting over from the ground up. To carry civic education a step further on your campus, Democracy Lab trains and mentors student leadership teams for local citizen politics.

You can access information about Democracy Lab through links in the blue banner on the left. Each item in the banner is actually a category of pages. When the individual page links appear within each category, simply slide your cursor to the pop-up link you want and click. If this is your first visit, you may find it helpful to click the top link in each category and then use the Continue button at the bottom of each page to cycle through all the pages in that category.

Email questions about Democracy Lab to demlab@lhup.edu.

Resource Link: www.teachingdemocracy.org

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