Institute for Democratic Education in America [IDEA]

Institute for Democratic Education in America [IDEA]2016-11-29T17:39:44-05:00

Project Description


About IDEA

[Institute for Democratic Education in America] is a national effort to connect education with and through our nation’s democratic values. We believe in an education that allows students and teachers to discover and expand their capacity and joy for learning and to thrive through active participation in vibrant learning communities. This is democratic education in action, which unfortunately is at odds with what most young people and educators throughout the country experience in schools today.

We know there are teachers, students and communities across the country doing incredible work to help students engage meaningfully in their education. IDEA trusts, supports, and expands the capacity of people advancing democratic education by creating connections, developing alliances, and sharing resources among actors and organizations engaged in powerful, effective educational innovation. Through its unique community organizer model, IDEA is building the courage and the capacity of young people, educators, and communities to transform the US educational system in ways that honor the complexities of different communities and contribute to build a more just, democratic and sustainable world.