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The Institute for Democratic Education Is Looking for Digital Organizers


Dawn Moskowitz, the 2010 Mom Congress Delegate from Vermont, recently applied to be an education organizing fellow with IDEA (the Institute for Democratic Education in America).

IDEA is also looking for digital organizers, people who are passionate about using blogging, writing, social media, film and photography for transformation in education, to help out in 2011-2012.  The plan is to combine strengths and bring together the collective power of digital networks to spark transformative change in our education system.

I’ve been checking out their website this weekend and I really like the insights behind their movement.  They want learning to be more hands-on, to teach skills that kids actually need to succeed in life, and to be fair and equal. 

From the IDEA website:

 “Founded by educators from across the country, IDEA is committed to bridging the disconnect between our democratic values and the way we educate and treat young people. This disconnect is striking, as the learning experience today is largely determined by a standardized, high-stakes, and de-personalized approach that alienates young people from learning and drives gifted teachers out of the profession.

In contrast, democratic education starts from the premise that every young person is unique, and that all young people ought to have the opportunity to live and learn in an environment that practices meaningful participation, that supports self-initiative in learning, and that is directed towards greater equality and social justice.” 

If you’re interested, please apply quickly.  The deadline is July 15th, the end of this week.  Let us know if you get involved so we can share in your work and success.

Kathryn Thompson is a mom to two school-aged kids, a toddler and a deceased betta fish. She can also be found at The Parenting Post, and occasionally the gym.