Dr. John Fischer
In 1995, at the request of the Polish Ministry of Education, the partnership began working to bring a better understanding of democracy to Poland. This effort has included the sharing between U.S. and Polish educators of pedagogical techniques and training methods in civic education. The program focus has been to promote systematic implementation of civic education reform in Poland.
The partnership has greatly evolved since its conception in 1995. The partnership began between the Mershon Center at The Ohio State University, Division of Youth, Families, and Community Service, Administrative Office of the Courts in Kentucky, and the Center for Citizenship Education in Warsaw. Since then, the project has moved from the Ohio State University to Bowling Green State University (BGSU). The focus of the exchange activities continues to be promoting systematic implementation of civic education, and democratic school reform in Poland and Ohio. Work has also begun on developing an on-line teacher in-service course for teachers in Ohio and Poland.
The 2004-05 exchange will focus on the conduct of an online teacher education course for US and Polish teachers, conduct of Project Citizen activities in both countries and preparation for a major research project on student learning for democracy.