Monthly Archives: April 2013

Conflict Resolution Education Program Implementation Guide


This manual, entitled Conflict Resolution Education: A Guide to Implementing Programs in Schools, Youth-Serving Organizations, was written by Donna Crawford and Richard Bodine, and published by the U.S. Dept of Justice Office of Juvenile Justice and Delinquency Prevention. It provides a good overview of various models for conflict resolution education […]

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Civil Discourse in the Classroom


This resource from Teaching Tolerance is aim at grades 6-8. Civil Discourse in the Classroom is based on lessons tested in diverse classrooms across the United States and proven effective with a wide range of students and topics. It introduces educators to basic tools for teaching civil discourse. It is […]

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Resources for Incorporating Conflict Resolution into the Classroom


The single best resource for getting started on incorporating conflict resolution into the classroom and school is the CREducation.org website. This site, developed to support an ongoing Conflict Resolution Education in Teacher Education initiative, provides short descriptions of various approaches to conflict resolution education as well as a wealth of […]

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Creative Democracy and Teacher Education – The Task Before Us


Education and Culture, the journal of the John Dewey society, features an article by┬áMark LaCelle-Peterson and Phillip J. VanFossen that does a great job connecting the writing and thinking of Dewey on Democracy and Education from the 1930s and 1940s to our present condition. As Dewey notes: The present state […]

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Compendium of Good Practice in Human Rights Education


For an overview of how school systems are working to incorporate human rights education into their work, check out the Human Rights Education in the School Systems of Europe, Central Asia and North America: A Compendium of Good Practice developed to honor the 60th anniversary of the Universal Declaration of […]

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Promoting Classroom Deliberation of Social Issues


Deliberation and debate of current social issues in the classroom can provide great learning opportunities that promote the development of civic skills in our students. Good resources to get started include the C-Span Classroom Deliberations collection of deliberation plans as well as the Morningside Center for Teaching Social Responsibility’s Current […]

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Democracy in America course from the Annenberg Foundation


Teachers looking for a quick start on teaching about democracy in the classroom may want to review the Democracy in America video course produced by the Annenberg Foundation. Here’s the description: Democracy in America, a video course in civics, covers topics of civic knowledge, skills, and dispositions recommended by The […]

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Improving Representative Democracy


This video summarizes a study done in the U.K. exploring ways to improve citizen involvement in representative democracy. I’ve set it to start at the place most relevant to our project, ie the skills needed by people engaging with the system.

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Council of Europe Resources on Teaching Citizenship and Human Rights


The Council of Europe, seeking to support a broad and shared understanding of democratic citizenship, has developed a number of good resources specifically on citizenship education. I’ve linked below directly to the documents. You can explore more similar resources via The European Wergeland Centre. Teaching Democracy – A Collection of […]

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Speak Your Peace Toolkit


The Speak Your Peace materials from the Civility Project of South Wood County, WI provide some colorful images and posters to go along with a great set of reminders about civility best practices. The site toolkit includes a number of suggested activities to use with youth.

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