Created by Rock the Vote in 2010 and relaunched in 2018, Democracy Class is a free, nonpartisan curriculum that educates high school students about the importance and history of voting and pre-registers and registers them to vote.
Educators have the option to teach a one-period lesson or add additional modules to teach young people about modern-day voting rights, the importance of local elections, and how their vote can impact issues that affect their communities.
Rock the Vote and Teaching Tolerance, a project of the Southern Poverty Law Center, worked closely together to update and expand the Democracy Class curriculum to be inclusive and geared toward today’s diverse generation of young people and the issues that face our democracy.
Teaching Tolerance provides free resources to educators to educate children and youth to be active participants in a diverse democracy, and to combat prejudice among our nation’s youth while promoting equality, inclusiveness and equitable learning environments in the classroom. Click here to learn more about Teaching Tolerance.
Democracy Class City Challenge
Rock the Vote is challenging school districts across the country to commit to having Democracy Class taught in all of its high schools beginning the week of September 17.
The School District of Philadelphia, Baltimore City Public Schools, and Los Angeles Unified School District are leading the City Challenge by bringing Democracy Class and voter registration to their high schools leading up to the 2018 midterm election.
If your city or school district is interested in joining the Democracy Class City Challenge, please reach out to us at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Democracy Class Partners
Partners are promoting Democracy Class to their teacher and community member networks, and setting goals to have the curriculum taught in a number of schools and community centers. Join us and activate your communities!