The Violence Prevention Program can be instituted in one of three forms or models.
The Full Implementation Model is the full program as designed. The program covers an entire academic year. The staff development occurs during 8 full day training session held approximately once a month. The integrated curriculum is infused into an existing social studies or humanities class or can be a stand alone class in itself. Students are required to complete two culminating activities: a mock congressional hearing and a public policy portfolio.
The Maintenance Model is used in schools or school districts which have completed full implementation and want to continue to offer support to both teachers and students in the program. Three to four full days of professional development are delivered over the course of the academic year. The content continues to be the intergrated curriculum however the focus will depend on the needs of the school/school district and as such is designed to meet their specific needs. Students are required to complete two culminating activities: a mock congressional hearing and a public policy portfolio.
The Pilot Model is used for new sites in order to ensure their viability as a program site. A pilot site is one that runs for half the academic year (generally in the spring semester) and uses only a portion of the program curriculum. Specifically teachers use We the People: Project Citizen and two concepts from Foundations of Democracy (usually Authority and Responsibility) Teachers attend four full days of training, and students are required to complete the mock congressional hearing and the public policy portfolio.