Teaching High School Students to be Active Participants in their Society

John Elfrank, 12th Grade Government
Murry Bergtraum High School, NY, NY


This website was developed by the National Center for Restructuring Education, Schools and Teaching (NCREST) at Teachers College, and can be accessed at the following URL:


(this link was valid on 8/25/06)

This project documents John Elfrank's teaching of "Participation in Government," a semester long non-regents class for seniors at Murry Bergtraum High School.Elfrank is an activist and aims to teach his students to participate as citizens in their society. The class meets mostly in the school computer lab. They use an online environment (created by Elfrank) with the daily assignments, lesson agendas, tools for administration, links to readings and other resources, and tools for collaboration and sharing work.