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About the League of Democratic Schools

Wyoming School-University Partnership

Purpose of the League of Democratic Schools:

To develop ongoing, sustainable mechanisms for deepening our community's understanding and engagement around the public purpose of schools in our democracy.  This is done through networking teachers with democratic ideals and providing the groundwork for democratic curricula.


Guiding Beliefs:

The Wyoming League of Democratic Schools believes that schooling is the ideal place to teach children and youth the knowledge, skills, and attitudes condusive to living, working, playing, and contributing in a democracy.

The League's purpose is to promote professional development for educators and administrators that emphasizes the importance of teaching democractic traits in schools, such as respect, cooperation, open-mindedness, and responsibility.

League member schools help advance the Agenda for Education in a Democracy.


Characteristics of League member schools:

  • Democratic purpose: LODS schools believe that the primary purpose of schooling is to develop in young people the knowledge, skills, and attitudes students require for successful participation in our nation's social and political democracy.
  • Student achievement: Students in such schools are successful academically and socially.
  • Ongoing professional development: All members of the school community engage in continuous learning.
  • Approaches to learning: League schools use a wide variety of approaches to learning including engaging students with parents and other adults within the community.
  • Personalization: These schools deliberately personalize the relationships among students, teachers, parents, and administrators either by being small enough so that faculty members can gather as a group for dialogue or, if larger, by making other arrangements to facilitate communications among the members of the school community.
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Maria Owen

McWhinnie Hall, Room 213

Dept. 3374, 1000 E. University Ave.

Laramie, WY 82071

Phone: 307-766-3274


1000 E. University Ave. Laramie, WY 82071
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