An initiative of the Edmond J. Safra Center for Ethics, the Democratic Knowledge Project (DKP) is a K-16 civic education provider based at Harvard University. We offer curriculum development resources, professional development workshops for educators, and assessment tools and services—all in support of education for democracy.

The DKP has now co-designed an open source year-long Grade 8 Civics Course with the Cambridge Public School District: “Civic Engagement in Our Democracy.” Known as the
DKP-Cambridge Grade 8 curriculum, it is open source and available to all Massachusetts educators. In addition, we offer the following resources and services:

The DKP-Cambridge Grade 8 Civics Curriculum: “Civic Engagement in Our Democracy”
- A Declaration of Independence video game (produced by Amplify)
- The Ten Questions for Change-makers Reflection and Action Framework for Action CivicsA Set of Action Civics Case Study Exemplars

Adaptation: If you have adapted our curricular materials in minor ways—changing wording, omitting or rearranging questions, etc.—please leave the DKP logo in place. If you are doing more significant adaptations (so that it feels more like you’re incorporating portions of the DKP materials into your own work, rather than just reshaping the DKP materials), please include language that signals this by referencing the following: This was adapted from material developed by the Democratic Knowledge Project, an initiative of the Edmond J. Safra Center for Ethics at Harvard University.

Professional Development:
Workshops at Harvard University
- Massachusetts Library System Professional Development Opportunities for Youth Librarians
- In-district trainings
- In-school trainings
- Curricular co-design services
- Instructional Coaching support

Assessment Services:
Assessment tools to accompany the DKP-Cambridge Grade 8 Curriculum
- Consulting services for school, district, and state level assessment and accountability frameworks

Please contact us if you have any questions: democraticknowledgeproject@gmail.com

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The Democratic Knowledge Project is an initiative of the Edmond J. Safra Center for Ethics at Harvard University.