Denver Educators Cohort

Design transformative civic learning for the next generation

An immersive civic education fellowship for educators from faith-based schools in Denver and surrounding areas

Providing professional learning, individual support, and a network of peers, the Denver Educators Cohort brings together teachers and school leaders who are interested in strengthening civic education in their school communities.

Over the course of the program, fellows develop their knowledge and skills as civic educators and introduce new approaches in their educational settings.

Program Components

Learning Gatherings

Participants convene for an 2-day Summer Institute and a 2-day Fall Institute to study foundational texts and gain new tools to bring back to the classroom.

Sessions include text-based seminars with leading scholars, interactive workshops on teaching civic skills, goal setting and curriculum planning, and discussion exploring the intersection of religion and civic life.

Pedagogical Coaching

Participants engage in 5 coaching sessions throughout the school year with Civic Spirit's education staff.

Coaching sessions focus on supporting participants in articulating their civic education goals, applying new content and pedagogies, identifying resources and partnerships, and cultivating meaningful civic learning experiences.

Civic Spirit Project

Participants develop and implement a Civic Spirit Project, aligned to their school’s mission and civic education goals.

The Project might be a new framework for learning, a new or updated curricular unit, a school wide program, or student club. Fellows will have an opportunity to present the design, outcome, and reflections of their work at the end of the program.

Program Details

Who is this for?

We invite middle and high school educators and administrators from faith-based schools in Denver and surrounding areas who teach or support social studies, history, government, humanities, religious studies, and student life to apply. We encourage multiple representatives from a school to apply so that they can collaborate as a team.

When are the gatherings?

  • Summer Institute: July 30-31, 2024 in Denver
  • Fall Institute: Dates TBD
  • Learning Gatherings: Three 90 minute sessions throughout the school year (virtual)
  • Closing Gathering: May 2025

What are the participation expectations?

All fellows are expected to attend the Summer and Fall Institutes, five coaching sessions, at least three virtual Learning Gatherings, and present their Civic Spirit Project at the Closing Gathering. You can see examples of Civic Spirit Projects in last year’s Yearbook.

Fellows will be expected to complete readings in advance of the Institutes.

What is Civic Spirit's approach to civic education?

Civic Spirit’s multi-disciplinary approach seeks to foster civic belonging, democratic fluency, and urgent civic skills in students who are coming of age while navigating our complex civic and political life.  You can read more about our approach here.

How much does it cost?

With generous support from the Daniels Fund, the Denver Educators Cohort is fully subsidized and there is no fee to participate. Each fellow will receive a stipend of $1000 upon completion of the yearlong program. A travel subsidy of up to $200 is provided for attendance at the Institutes.

Who teaches in the Educators Cohort?

The Educators Cohort is facilitated by cross-disciplinary scholars, facilitators, and Civic Spirit staff.

See here for the faculty bios from the 2023 Summer Institute.

What else will my school gain from participating?

Participating schools have the opportunity to:

  1. Form a Civic Spirit Club
  2. Develop joint student programming with other schools in the Greater Denver Area, such as Civic Spirit Day
  3. Receive a discounted rate on department or faculty-wide professional development workshops
  4. Access timely support for navigating the 2024 Election

How do I apply?

Complete this application form and ask your supervisor to complete this statement of support by Monday, May 6th 2024.

For more information, contact Yael Steiner, Director of Programs at yael@civicspirit.org.