Joni Doherty

Joni Doherty is a program officer at the Kettering Foundation. She works with cultural and educational institutions committed to fostering the disposition, knowledge, and skills necessary for democracy to thrive. Doherty earned a BFA in painting at the University of New Hampshire, a MA in cultural studies at Simmons College, and a PhD in philosophy and art theory from the Institute for Doctoral Studies in the Visual Arts. She can be reached at

The Charles F. Kettering Foundation is a nonprofit operating foundation rooted in the American tradition of cooperative research. Kettering’s primary research question is, what does it take to make democracy work as it should? Kettering’s research is distinctive because it is conducted from the perspective of citizens and focuses on what people can do collectively to address problems affecting their lives, their communities, and their nation. Established in 1927 by inventor Charles F. Kettering, the foundation is a 501(c)(3) organization that does not make grants but engages in joint research with others. For more information about Kettering research and publications, please go to


Democracy Rising 25: Young Children as Classroom Citizens

All of the participating teachers agreed that their understanding of citizenship changed from one that emphasized following rules and helping others to one that fostered student engagement in making decisions together about shared problems in the classroom community and beyond.

August 24, 2022

Historic Decisions

Democracy Rising 21: Looking Deliberatively at the Past

In Teaching History for the Common Good, Keith C. Barton and Linda S. Levstik recognize that the past can be used “in a variety of ways, and for a variety of purposes.” One of these is to use history’s “potential to prepare students for participation in a pluralist democracy.”

June 14, 2022