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Deliberating in a Democracy

Street Law, Inc.

Over 40 years of educating about law, democracy, and human rights

Deliberating in a Democracy (DID) is an international program that teaches students how to deliberate controversial public issues.

The program challenges students in U.S. classrooms to tackle current civic issues with partner schools in Latin America, Central/Eastern Europe, and North/Western Asia. Through classroom deliberations and videoconferences, students learn more about critical societal concerns through an international dialogue.

DID ran from 2004-2010, during which more 400 teachers engaged more than 20,000 high school students in authentic civic deliberations. Most of the schools who participated continue to use deliberations in the classroom. 

In 2011, the program became Deliberating in a Democracy in the Americas and shifted its geographic focus to Latin America. 

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Deliberating in a Democracy in the Americas, 2011-2012

Participating U.S. sites

  • Los Angeles, CA
  • Denver, CO
  • Chicago, IL
  • Minneapolis/St. Paul, MN
  • Montgomery County, MD
  • Greensboro, NC
  • Fairfax, VA

Participating international sites


Deliberating in a Democracy, 2004-2010

Participating U.S. sites

  • Chicago, IL
  • Los Angles, CA
  • Denver, CO
  • Indianapolis, IN
  • Columbia, SC
  • Fairfax, VA
  • Montgomery County, MD
  • Northern New Jersey 

Participating international sites

The Deliberating in a Democracy programs operates a separate website containing
  • Detailed information about the deliberation technique and its role in democracy education
  • Free lesson plans on several public policy issues available in multiple languages
  • Resources for teaching about the principles of democracy
  • Issue polls, a blog, a discussion board, and more!

Lesson plans

Lesson plans for classroom deliberations


Articles and Research




Deliberating in a Democracy and Deliberating in a Democracy in the Americas are a collaborative effort of Street Law, Inc., the Constitutional Rights Foundation, and the Constitutional Rights Foundation Chicago.


Deliberating in a Democracy in the Americas is a program funded by a grant from the United States Department of Education’s Office of Safe and Drug-Free Schools [Award #Q304A100003]. The U.S. Department of Education has reorganized and renamed this office. It is now the Office of Safe and Healthy Students and is located within the Office of Elementary and Secondary Education (OESE).