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Teaching Methods Citizen ChoiceWork Guide

Are the 'tried and true' teaching methods that we grew up with the best way to help today's kids learn, or are there new, innovative approaches that work better? This Citizen ChoiceWork Guide (and video) takes a look at two school districts that use different teaching methods in their schools. (continue)

Helping All Students Succeed in a Diverse Society Choicework guide

Sometimes particular groups of students across a district are achieving at lower levels than others. In a society as diverse as ours, how can we best help all children succeed in school? This Citizen ChoiceWork Guide (and video) from Public Agenda examines three approaches: raise expectations, demand excellence of all students, and have higher standards for student achievement; increase parental and community involvement and help students with social problems that distract them from learning; and ensure a safe and respectful learning environment. (continue)

PeaceJam: How Young People Can Make Peace in Their Schools and Communities

Based on the highly acclaimed PeaceJam program?an educational action plan built around the spirit, skills, and wisdom of Nobel Peace Laureates?this is a practical and motivational guide that will inspire a generation of peacemakers. PeaceJam traces the lives of five American teens who, by applying the skills and techniques from the PeaceJam program and developing personal relationships with Nobel Peace Laureates such as the Dalai Lama and Desmond Tutu, begin to sense their own potential for greatness. (continue)

Project 540

Project 540 is an innovative program which has given over 100,000 students nationwide the opportunity to engage in dialogue about issues that matter to them and to turn these conversations into real school and community change. Funded by The Pew Charitable Trusts and administered by Providence College, Project 540 has conducted student-led dialogues in nearly 250 high schools, asking students what issues matter most to them in their schools, communities, nation, and world. (continue)

Public Schools: Are They Making The Grade? (NIF Issue Book)

Most Americans say children are not learning enough in public schools. Is there a way to fix the schools? As with other NIF issue books, this one provides an overview of the issue and, to promote public deliberation, outlines several perspectives, or choices. Each choice speaks for one set of American priorities and views and, drawing ideas from across the political spectrum, advocates a unique and consistent approach to the issue. Some elements of the choices are readily mixed, but not others, as each choice takes the nation in a very different direction. (continue)

Dialogue as Pedagogy: Deliberative Learning with Democracy Lab in High School and College Classes

This 10-page document was distributed during Jim Knauer and Paul Alexander's workshop of the same name at the 2006 NCDD Conference in San Francisco. Deliberative dialogue can be used across the curriculum to integrate civic education without sacrificing disciplinary content or traditional learning objectives. The document not only outlines Democracy Lab (an online deliberation program for college students) and where it is headed, it also outlines existing research on dialogic pedagogy, describes William Perry's Scheme of Intellectual and Ethical Development, and explores the relationship between deliberative dialogue and learning. (continue)

Adventures in Peacemaking: A Conflict Resolution Guide for School-Age Programs

Designed to meet the unique needs of afterschool programs, camps, and recreation centers, this guide contains hundreds of hands-on, engaging activities that teach basic conflict resolution skills through cooperative challenges, drama, crafts, music and even cooking. Also included are easy-to-implement strategies and tips for providers to both reduce conflict in their programs and to intervene effectively when conflict does occur. Adventures in Peacemaking blends ESR's innovative conflict resolution curricula with Project Adventure's activity-based programming. (continue)

Violent Kids: Can We Change the Trend?

Every day it seems there is more shocking news about young people killing, committing suicide, or doing both. If violence is a cry for help, what is it that children and teenagers need? How can individuals help reduce the violence? Like the other nonpartisan guides used for citizen deliberations in National Issues Forums, Violent Kids: Can We Change the Trend? can be used by the public, or by professionals who are looking for a quick orientation to a topic. (continue)

Is There a Public for Public Schools?

Kettering President David Mathews looks at the fraying relationship between Americans and their public schools. He concludes that it is unlikely that schools will make lasting improvements unless communities change; unless citizens increase their capacity to act as a cohesive group. The book provides direction for individuals and communities concerned about reaffirming the common public purposes their schools should serve. (continue)

Teaching Tolerance

Founded in 1991 by the Southern Poverty Law Center, Teaching Tolerance provides educators with free educational materials that promote respect for differences and appreciation of diversity in the classroom and beyond. Our magazine and curriculum kits have earned Oscar nominations, an Academy Award, and more than a dozen honors from the Association of Educational Publishers (EdPress) including the Golden Lamp Award. (continue)

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