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Choices for the 21st Century Program

The Choices Program at Brown University's Watson Institute for International Studies offers deliberation-focused supplemental curriculum units for U.S. History, World History and Global Studies. Choices units feature historical background, a role play centered on alternative policies, primary source materials, detailed lesson plans and study guides. Units are affordable. (continue)

CIRCLE (The Center for Information and Research on Civic Learning and Engagement)

CIRCLE promotes research on the civic and political engagement of Americans between the ages of 15 and 25. Although CIRCLE conducts and funds research, not practice, the projects that we support have practical implications for those who work to increase young people's engagement in politics and civic life. CIRCLE is also a clearinghouse for relevant information and scholarship. CIRCLE is based in the University of Maryland's School of Public Policy. (continue)

Neighborhood Schools and Student Diversity Choicework guide

Most families would like to send their children to good, safe schools close to home yet feel it's important for children of different backgrounds to go to school together so they can expand their horizons by learning about each other's cultures. How do we balance these competing values? This Citizen ChoiceWork Guide (and video) from Public Agenda examines three hypothetical communities, each one taking a different approach: focus on academics and not diversity; pursue diversity through school policies; and pursue integration and diversity in the community, not through the schools. (continue)

The School Dropout Crisis

The problem of high school dropouts is becoming more urgent as the formulas for calculating dropout rates are being changed and communities discover that a problem previously described as minor is actually reaching crisis proportions. How do we begin to address the dropout problem? What solutions are available? What can communities do to help their young people stay in school and get a diploma? Our dropout discussion guide can help answer these questions and more. (continue)

Students Talk About Race (STAR)

STAR is a signature project of the Multicultural Center (MCC) at California State University, Long Beach. STAR has recruited over 1,500 college volunteers, training them to become facilitators in cross-cultural communication and placing them into 76 middle schools and high schools (serving some 18,000 students). The 8-week STAR experience has proven itself to be a compassionate and candid forum, addressing difficult issues of diversity with vulnerability and humor. (continue)

School Safety Choicework guide

Different approaches to school safety will have different benefits and different costs and challenges. This Citizen ChoiceWork Guide (and video) examines three school communities and the way each addresses this issue: teach students to resolve conflicts peacefully and provide social services to those in need; set behavioral standards with clear consequences and hold students and their parents accountable; and enhance school security, and reinforce this in the community. (continue)

Creating a Formula for Success in Low-Performing Schools

This Citizen ChoiceWork guide (and video) from Public Agenda was developed for community conversations, classrooms, study groups, and individuals. Too many schools have students who are just getting by, or failing to learn much at all. We look at four hypothetical school communities and their different approaches to boosting student achievement: set high expectations and hold schools accountable; increase resources for classroom essentials; increase parent and community involvement; and ensure effective leadership. Spanish language version available. (continue)

The Orangeband Initiative

An OrangeBand is a symbol of someone’s commitment to listen to what’s important to other people. People who take an OrangeBand and display it someplace visible (like on a bag) are demonstrating their commitment to practice listening at work and in life. When asked about the OrangeBand, they say something like, “It means I’m interested in listening to what’s important to the people around me. What’s important to you?” (continue)

Next Steps: Research and Practice to Advance Indian Education

This book is a collection of essays devoted both to education for tribal self-determination and to the need for an approach in education that builds on the strengths of Native languages and culture and the resilience of Native peoples. (continue)

The Future of Democracy: Developing the Next Generation of American Citizens

In recent years, young Americans have become dangerously less engaged. They are tolerant, patriotic, and idealistic, and some have invented such novel and impressive forms of civic engagement, as blogs, 'buycott' movements, and transnational youth networks. But most lack the skills and opportunities they need to participate in politics or address public problems. Levine's timely manifesto clearly explains the causes, symptoms, and repercussions of this damaging trend, and, most importantly, the means whereby America can confront and reverse it. (continue)

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