Being a “democratic teacher” requires more than just being good in one’s subject. It requires, to name but a few, the ability to listen to learners, colleagues and parents, openness for the cultural affiliations and practices they bring into the educational process and empathy, and a sense of responsibility for the well-being and empowerment of all learners. This is one of the aims of the CDC: assisting teachers in becoming more democratic.

A teacher self-reflection tool is being developed to support teachers and student teachers in developing their democratic professional ethos and competences. It will offer guidance to teachers and multipliers throughout this development process and in their work with the Council of Europe’s Reference Framework of Competences for Democratic Culture (RFCDC). It can be used as a starter for getting acquainted with the RFCDC, but can also be seen as a very general accompaniment to self-reflection on teaching and democratic competences.

A first version of the tool was piloted in 2020.

The final version of the tool will be launched in 2021.