Category Archives: Videos

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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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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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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