How to Introduce Doors to Diplomacy
at Your School or Organization
Diplomacy is a team-based, collaborative project in which students do the
work and the adults act as mentors and coaches. There are numerous
implementation models. The examples provided here are possible ways to
introduce or organize this project at your school. These suggestions
are intended to be adapted to your local situation. You may want to read the
Project Narratives from past projects to understand
the many ways this program is implemented in schools around the world.
Committees: An important part of the learning experience is
for your team to come to a consensus in choosing an appropriate
project topic. Many school sites have a technology team or school site advisory
committee (comprised of teachers, curricular planners, librarians,
parents, community members, etc.) that could take the lead in
introducing and organizing the school's Doors to Diplomacy program. Be sure to include the appropriate school administrator.
Doors to Diplomacy focuses on 21st century skills and core content in
subjects such as social studies, civics, government, science, humanities
and language arts. Department chairpersons or individual teachers can
introduce this program to students.
Consider working with your Student Body Association. Student Body leaders often express
the desire to make a contribution to the school and the surrounding community.
- Parent-Teacher-School Organizations:
Parent-School Organizations can help to introduce and coordinate Doors projects.
- Interdisciplinary Programs:
Interdisciplinary projects are recommended as a means of having students develop life
skills through a curriculum that more fully approximates the way people plan and think.
Interdisciplinary committees are ideal groups to facilitate the implementation of
Doors to Diplomacy.
- School-Based Coordination: A
school-based resource coordinator can be very helpful in selecting and helping to organize
the appropriate people, committee or department to produce a Doors project.
- School Enrichment or After School
Program: Students love Doors to Diplomacy, which makes it a great after school or school
- One person at the site should serve as the
facilitator and coordinator who can help set the standards, help avoid duplication and
communicate with the other contributors, providing a channel for feedback. Be sure to include the appropriate school administrator. Determine whether the entire school should
participate or only selected groups or departments.
Doors to Diplomacy lends
itself to various means of implementation. Every student and every teacher
may become involved or a single department or a group may choose to take
the lead in organizing a Doors project.