- A participatory democracy, where individuals “create” democracy through their actions;
- An education system that encourages critical thinking and democratic engagement, where students and teachers engage in learning and actions around issues that matter to them; and
- A teacher education program that supports teacher candidates to learn and engage with important social and environmental justice issues, in their classrooms and in their own lives.
CREATE Democracy works towards our vision in two primary ways – through programming and through research.
Programming: Practicing democracy by contributing to democracy
We run three main programs:
Doing Democracy – A seven-month training program for student teachers at the University of Ottawa, and for high school youth from across Canada.
Citizen Science – A set of workshops that train teacher candidates to incorporate scientific data gathering practices into their teaching – aimed at contributing to the public good.
Teaching Democracy Day – A professional development day for teachers and teacher candidates to come together and discuss democratic classroom practices.
Research: Uncovering insights about youth engagement and teacher pedagogy
Several research projects underpin our programming. Please visit our Research page for more information about the research team and their individual research interests.