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Reinventing Education

strategically, collaboratively, and sustainably

Press Kit & Media Coverage

Interested in covering IDEA? Find what you need here.

For general media inquiries, contact Executive Director Scott Nine by email or telephone: 800-878-5740, extension 6.

Press Kit

About IDEA

IDEA, the Institute for Democratic Education in America, is a national 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization that mobilizes action to advance meaningful learning and build a more just and sustainable democracy.

IDEA believes in education by, for, and with young people and communities. The organization launched in May 2010.

Background Information


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    Caption: Students from Colorado's Jefferson County Open School often learn outside of classroom walls. Credit: Courtesy Jefferson County Open School.



Media Coverage

"Educators look at successful Harwood programs," Waterbury Record, May 17, 2012 Read online

"IDEC Conversations Point to Democratic Education Growth," Axiom News, May 2, 2012 Read online

"The IDEA of a Democratic Education," Laurette Lynn interviews Scott Nine on Unplugged Mom Radio, March 16, 2012 Listen to the interview

"Conferencia mundial de educación democrática en Caguas" ("International democratic education conference in Caguas") El Nuevo Periódico, March 1, 2012 Download PDF in Spanish

"O.J. Brigance Shares His Life Lessons With Baltimore City School Kids" CBS Baltimore, February 23, 2012 Read online

"Twelve Sweet Ideas for Maine in 2012," The Portland Phoenix, January 4, 2012 Read online

"Reclaiming and Reinventing Education," Steve Hargadon Interviews Scott Nine on The Future of Education radio, November 22, 2011 Read excerpts and stream or download the interview

"News Makers of the Week: Duo working to give students a say in education," Clarion-Ledger, November 13, 2011 Read online

"City schools tour aims to spur democratic education elsewhere," Gotham Schools, November 8, 2011 Read online

"Youth engagement opportunities abound to teach kids about activism, philanthropy, service," Deseret News, October 16, 2011 Read online

"YES! Recommends: IDEA," YES! Magazine, September 2011 Read the Education Connection newsletter | Read the full feature

"Caguas 2012: Vigésima Conferencia Internacional de Educación Democrática," El Nuevo Periódico de Caguas, May 11, 2011 Artículo en español | Translate into English

"Green Vision for Learning Draws VIPs," Hood River News, May 4, 2011 Read online

"A New IDEA," Portico Jackson Magazine, September 2010 Download PDF (48mb)

"Democracy in Action: Educating Students to Think, Create, Initiate," Natural Awakenings Magazine, August 2010 Read online (p. 24-27); Download PDF (744kb)

"Evolving towards IDEA: Introducing the Institute for Democratic Education in America," Education Revolution Magazine, Summer 2010 Read online (p. 6-8); Download PDF (835kb)

"Democratic Education: Advancing Individuals, Businesses, and Communities" Greater Jackson Business Magazine, June 2010 Read online (p. 8-9); Download PDF (293kb)