Author Archives: Bill Warters

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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Free iPad App loaded with CRE Resources


iPad owners are invited to grab a copy of a free iPad App that provides a great way to browse the field of conflict resolution in education and find ideas for activities you might use in your teaching or training. It provides a new way to access many of the […]

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Classroom Discipline using Democratic Methods – Archived footage


This video of the 1953 film Practicing Democracy in the Classroom promotes democratic teaching practices to prepare young people for citizenship in a participatory democracy. While the idea may not be new, I think the importance of democratic classroom processes (rather than laissez-faire and/or authoritarian) is more important than ever.

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News Hour Segment on the 4Rs Program


Visit a school where learning to recognize feelings (one’s own and others’) and how to handle them before they get in the way are just as important as traditional academics. On July 21, 2009, the NewsHour with Jim Lehrer aired a segment on the Morningside Center’s programs at Brooklyn’s P.S. […]

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On-the-Spot Mediation


This is a film by young people from Leap Confronting Conflict’s PeerLink project – www.peerlink.org.uk – a network for young people involved in peer mediation and conflict resolution. The newscast-style report describes when it’s safe for young people to use their existing peer mediation skills in everyday life. A related […]

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The 4Rs – Reading, Writing, Respect and Resolution


A study published in the journal Child Development finds that Morningside Center’s 4Rs Program (Reading, Writing, Respect & Resolution) improves children’s behavior, increases their social competency – – and significantly improves academic achievement for at-risk students. Watch this 15-minute video of The 4Rs program in action in a second grade […]

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A Workable Peace


This video provides an overview of the Workable Peace Curriculum in action. Workable Peace integrates the study of intergroup conflict and the development of crucial civic and social skills into social studies and humanities classes. Workable Peace was developed by the Consensus Building Institute (CBI) and the Program on Negotiation […]

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That’s Not Fair – Mayor Moe and the Nasty News


This video is part of a series available at the That’s Not Fair project developed by the Canadian Civil Liberties Educational Trust to promote critical thinking about democracy. This episode explores the ideas of Freedom of Expression and Freedom of the Press as key elements of democratic life.

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Restorative Justice – It’s Elementary


This five-minute video introduces the Restorative Justice Elementary Initiative being implemented in Lansing, MI schools. Restorative Justice seeks to repair harms done by a wrongdoer while helping to reintegrate the person into the community by providing them opportunities to take responsibility for their behavior and work to make things right.

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