Guardians of Democracy Teachers
Putting Proven Pedagogy Into Practice

Our next Current and Controversial Issues Course begins January 5th. Click Course Details to Enroll.

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About Guardians of Democracy Teachers

A partnership for engaging civic learning.

Developed in partnership between the Lou Frey Institute at the University of Central Florida and IllinoisCivics.org, the Guardians of Democracy Program is an online professional development program with extended learning opportunities for interested 6-12 educators. Our goal is to support a national professional development program and establish a network of certified educators across disciplines that embrace the proven practices of civic education to equip young people for college, career, and civic life success.

This course is inspired by the landmark report, Guardian of Democracy: The Civic Mission of Schools published by The Leonore Annenberg Institute for Civics of the Annenberg Public Policy Center at the University of Pennsylvania and the Campaign for the Civic Mission of Schools. This report outlines six proven practices of civic education.

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Our Courses

Hear from the experts. See it in action. Build your toolkit. Engage your students.

Current & Controversial Issue Discussion Strategies

Simulations of Democratic Processes
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Informed Action Through Service Learning
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Meet the Team

Helping keep the Republic, one civic educator at a time.

Mary Ellen Daneels

Mary Ellen Daneels

MDaneels@illinoiscivics.org