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Institute for Democracy in Education

The Institute for Democracy in Education (IDE) generates empirical evidence to inform K-12 educational policies and interventions supporting historically marginalized and underserved student populations, their families, and their communities. In addition, the Institute provides technical assistance to educators (e.g., assistance with translating research to practice, support for engaging in action research, and facilitation of work developing linkages between and among education and community groups) with the intent of promoting practices that are appropriately responsive to the challenges and strengths of resident populations.

IDE Brochure, linked to PDF


Through responsive research and evaluation practices, the IDE will help shape K-12 educational policies to students, families, schools, and communities within Appalachia and throughout the nation.

IDE will strive to conduct program evaluation and research services focusing on special needs populations and rural schools; enhance awareness of special needs populations and rural schools; and promote empirical decision-making among educators.

Linda Fife, director of the Center, holds a B.S. and an M.S. in Family and Consumer Science Education from Ohio University. She has served as a teacher, dean of students, assistant principal, and principal in area schools. Ms. Fife has an interest in social justice and equity for students in rural and Appalachian schools, especially in Ohio. She is currently serving as the Coordinator of the Institute for Democracy in Education.




Contact Information
Institute for Democracy in Education (IDE)
The Patton College of Education
Ohio University
Patton Hall 406A