How to Introduce Doors to Diplomacy at Your School or Organization


Doors to 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.

  • Teams or 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.

Subject Areas: 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.

Student Associations: 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 enrichment activity.


  • 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.


To Summarize:

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.