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Everybody Ready for College Choicework guide

Even with a high school diploma, too many students these days arrive at college lacking the right kind of preparation, knowledge and attitude to succeed. This Public Agenda Choicework guide explores the question: How can our community work together to ensure that students arrive ready for success in college? Based on decades of research and experience concerning how average citizens think and talk about issues, Public Agenda’s Choicework Discussion Starters are designed to help groups and communities talk productively about public problems. Public Agenda’s Choicework […] (continue)

After the Bell: What Do We Want Our Afterschool Programs to Do? Choicework guide

Different people often have different ideas about what the goals of afterschool programs should be. Given that resources for afterschool programs are limited, and no single program can be all things to all people, communities need to make decisions about what kinds of afterschool programs they want to invest in. This Public Agenda Choicework guide explores the question: What kind of after school program do you think is best for your community, and why? Based on decades of research and experience concerning how average citizens […] (continue)

A Quality High School Education for All: Addressing the Dropout Challenge in Our Community Choicework guide

This 2010 Public Agenda Choicework guide explores the question: What can we do, in our schools and community, to keep young people in school and on track for graduation? In today’s world, a high school diploma is not just a good idea, it’s essential. It’s essential for individuals and their futures. In fact, over their lifetimes, high school dropouts earn roughly $200,000 less than high school graduates and about $1.4 million less than college graduates. It’s essential for our community as well. We need an […] (continue)

2007 Arsalyn Youth Conference

The theme for Arsalyn’s 2007 annual youth conference, which took place in D.C. August 9-12, 2007, was “Bridging the Partisan Divide: Rediscovering Deliberation,” and NCDD was proud to play a major role at the event. Arsalyn invited 150 young people ages 16-20 to the 2007 conference to learn the art of political deliberation. This event is part of a series of conferences geared toward helping young people – especially politically active youth – develop skills that will help them communicate effectively with those of opposing […] (continue)

Ensuring School Safety Guide

Everyone wants schools that are safe, where students, teachers and support staff can concentrate on learning and not have to worry about crime and violence. In this community dialogue, you'll be asked to discuss your ideas on the best way to ensure that schools are safe places for children to learn and grow. Different approaches to school safety will have different benefits and different costs and challenges. To help you and your neighbors decide what is most important to you, Public Agenda presents in this Citizens ChoiceWork Guide three hypothetical school communities, each of which has approached the issue of school safety in a different way. (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)

Community Relations Service

CRS, an arm of the U.S. Department of Justice, is a specialized Federal conciliation service available to State and local officials to help resolve and prevent racial and ethnic conflict, violence, and civil disorders. CRS helps local officials and residents tailor locally defined resolutions when conflict and violence threaten community stability and well-being. (continue)

Parental Involvement Citizen ChoiceWork Guide

Most parents and educators agree that parental involvement is crucial for schools to be successful. But how much involvement? We look at three schools, each taking a different approach to parental involvement: parents help run the school by serving on a school management council with teachers and the principal; parents are asked to support their children's education at home in close cooperation with the school; and parents are encouraged to attend parent-teacher conferences and open houses, and help with school fund raising. This Citizen ChoiceWork Guide (and video) from Public Agenda was developed for community conversations, classrooms, study groups, and individuals. (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)

“I'm Calling My Lawyer”: How Litigation, Due Process and Other Regulatory Requirements Are Affecting Public Education

In this pilot study, many teachers and school administrators reported that the possibility of being sued or accused of abuse is ever present in their minds. Avoiding suits and fulfilling due process requirements is a time-consuming part of a principal or superintendent's job and many feel the requirements give unreasonable people a chance to get their way. Yet many educators say protecting children from abuse is a higher priority than reducing the threat of litigation. (continue)

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