the past several years the Open
Society Institute and the U.S. Embassy in Prague
have co-sponsored a summer
institute held at Palacký University in Olomouc,
Czech Republic. Directed by Ivana Mrozkova, attendees
include high school students from several Eastern European
countries who are interested in dialogue about various public
issues that transcend the borders of their nations.
For the past two summers, Civitas partners in Colorado (CELD)
and in the Czech Republic (Association for Education to Citizenship
have participated in these institutes.
past summer, Civitas partners CELD
arranged for Colorado high school teacher Suzanne deLemos
to collaboratively teach the two-week global issues course
with Dana Fialova, an English teacher from the Czech Republic.
used a variety of civic education strategies and materials
to motivate students to think about global issues and also
apply what they learned as citizens of an emerging democracy.
and Dana's syllabus
for the two week course on global issues is posted here. To
highlight the collaborative nature of this professional experience,
two lessons that were team taught by Suzanne and Dana are
also posted here in pdf format: