Category Archives: Classroom Resource

Democracy in Educational Practice


Democracy works best if we all get active in civic and social life. Democracy invoices giving voice to societal stakeholders. What might this look like in education if we thought of children as stakeholders? See our presentation below for some ideas about how conflict resolution education practices might help.

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Democracy and Citizenship Materials from the Zinn Education Project


Howard Zinn is famous for opening a window on to the often hidden sides of history, illuminating stories that rarely make the textbooks. Find new interesting approaches for your teaching about democracy and citizenship at the Zinn Education Project website. The theme of the site is all about Teaching a […]

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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 Mark 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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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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