The North Dakota Study Group (NDSG) is partnering with IDEA (Institute for Democratic Education in America) for its 2018 and 2019 meetings to take place in Jackson, MS.
IDEA mobilizes action to advance meaningful learning and build a more just and sustainable democracy. It strengthens the capacity of young people, educators, and communities by building relationships, identifying powerful learning spaces, and sharing the highest quality resources. Instead of promoting a “one size fits all” approach to educational change, IDEA works to transform the U.S. educational system in ways that honor, rather than wash-away, the complexities of different communities.
IDEA helps show what powerful learning looks like today and what it can look like in 25 years and creates the pathways so eventually all young people get access to that learning every day, everywhere.
The North Dakota Study Group (NDSG)
The North Dakota Study Group (NDSG) is a diverse network of progressive educators dedicated to advocacy for useful, fair, and democratic ways to document and assess children's learning and offering a criticism of educational reform and practice in the light of an enduring concern with democracy and the estate of childhood. According to the tradition of progressive education, "a society which makes provision for participation in its good of all its members on equal terms and which secures flexible readjustment of its institutions through interaction of the different forms of associated life is in so far democratic. Such a society must have a type of education which gives individuals a personal interest in social relationships and control, and the habits of mind which secure social changes without introducing disorder" (John Dewey, Democracy and Education, 1916).