Democracy School

John Hancock College Prep
Chicago’s First Democracy School


Professional Development Resources

“By becoming a Democracy School, our teachers will have the opportunity to network with other teachers, share best practices, and receive professional development around the integration of current and controversial issues across all disciplines.”


PD Partnerships

Constitutional Rights Foundation of Chicago

Annual Conference, October 16, 2015

Bill of Rights in Action

Youth Summit legislative simulation

Deliberating in a Democracy

Mikva’s Challenge

Issues in Action

Elections in Action

Iowa Campaign Trip

Election Judge Program

New Birth of Freedom (Combines CRFC and Mikva)

McCormick Foundation 

Chief sponsor of Democracy School Network

Lead promoter of #bringcivicsback legislative initiative

Collaborations multiple times each year at Cantigny Park, Downtown offices and the Annual Convening

Global Citizenship Initiative/Participate Curriculum and Student Voice Committee

Knowledge in Action Project Based Learning Pilot in AP Government (working on expansion)

Facing History



Service Learning

“Hancock has dedicated itself to implementing a school-wide program for imbedding service learning in a purposeful way throughout the curriculum in various departments. This approach assures that students are exposed to multiple opportunities each year of high school. Across and throughout every department you will find teachers constructing and implementing curriculum in their regular classroom and then extending the classroom experience to a clearly connected outside service learning project.”


Future Goals:

Students hope to dramatically expand membership of other schools in the CDASC and turn that democratically elected group into a legitimately recognized representative student voice that communicates student needs to the Board of Education and other education policy-makers.


Students hope to continue the growth of Student Council and improve implementation of their constitutional committee system.


Students wrote into the Student Council Constitution and will implement this year a staff-appreciation breakfast.


Students hope to develop a participatory budgeting project.