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Street Law, Inc.

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

Deliberating in a Democracy Training Institute

November 20, 2010, 8 am – 4 pm
Registration Period
7 October - 12 November 10
Rockville, MD

Deliberating in a Democracy (DID) is a project that trains teachers to help students increase their knowledge, skills, and inclination to engage in civil conversations and deliberations about public policy questions facing their own countries and countries around the world. 

The program is offered by Street Law, Inc., Constitutional Rights Foundation Chicago, and Constitutional Rights Foundation with funding from the U.S. Department of Education. 

Over the past six years, DID has provided free lesson plans and professional development to more than 400 teachers in the United States and nine other countries, reaching more than 8,000 students.  High school teachers and students in Fairfax and Montgomery County schools have been participating in the project for six and three years, respectively. 

About the institute

This open institute is designed to teach interested DC-area educators about the Structured Academic Controversy method and show teachers how the DID program can enhance their students’ understanding of democracy and public policy questions. 

The program has a logical curricular fit and has been used in law classes, as well as various levels, of government classes, European and world history classes, Connections classes, and even in English courses.  In the coming years, DID will be expanding to collaborate with teachers and students in Mexico and Latin America, so we are also interested in meeting and working with DC-area teachers of Latin American history. 

Registration Details and Eligibility

  • 30 teachers will be accepted 
  • Registration will close by Friday, November 12, 2010 or sooner if we reach capacity.
  • The registration fee is $25 and is due once your application has been approved. This fee will be reimbursed for those who participate in the full day’s training.
  • Each teacher who participates will receive a $100 stipend to compensate them for their time.


  • Saturday, November 20, 2010 from 8 am – 4 pm.  A light breakfast and full lunch will be served.


Montgomery County Bar Foundation
27 West Jefferson Street
Rockville, MD 20850

  • The training will take place in the classroom on the lower level.

  • Limited parking will be available in the lot next to the building, but our hosts encourage teachers to car pool and use public transportation when possible.  The Rockville Metro is about six long blocks away. (Google estimates about a 15 minute walk.)

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