What Makes Democracy Work?

History teaches us that democracies are fragile. But what makes democracy work? Join us to learn, discuss and teach about the importance of #DemocracyAndUs.

Thank you for joining the conversation on this critically important issue. While the weekly page updates for What Makes Democracy Work have ended, these lesson plans and other teaching resources will continue to be accessible here for you to share with other educators and bring into your classroom.

Teaching during the 2020 Election?

This resource is part of our Election 2020 collection, designed to help you teach about voting rights, media literacy, and civic participation, in remote and in-person settings.

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What does it take to sustain democracy?

In today’s world, political and social tensions, eroding trust in institutions, and rising incidents of hatred and bigotry make this question more essential than ever. Use this collection of lessons, podcasts and blog posts to teach your students about the fundamentals of democracy and the importance of engaged citizenship.

Join us on Twitter with #DemocracyAndUs to add your voice to this urgent civic conversation.

For more strategies, resources, and teaching ideas on democracy and civic engagement, view our current events page or our Democracy and Civic Engagement Topic page.

Want more teaching tips and strategies to address current events with your students?

Visit our Current Events page to see our latest teaching ideas and strategies for connecting breaking news stories to your curriculum.

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