Tiny House
More About The National Coalition for Dialogue & Deliberation • Join Now!
Community News

Posts with the Tag “youth”

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)

Student Problem Identification and Resolution of Issues Together (SPIRIT)

For more than 35 years, the Community Relations Service of the U.S. Department of Justice has worked with schools across the nation. Many school systems have experienced major demographic changes. At times, tensions and disruptions will accompany the process of inclusion and assimilation. The Community Relations Service of the U.S. Department of Justice (CRS) has helped schools to build strategies to improve lines of communication, establish programs to eliminate racial and ethnic misconceptions, and develop plans to prevent conflict and improve intergroup relations among students, faculty, staff, parents and community groups. SPIRIT is one such CRS program. (continue)

Everybody Ready for School: How Can we Ensure High Quality Early Childhood Programs?

Many educators, parents and researchers agree that high quality "school readiness" programs can help youngsters be more successful later on in school and in life. But preschool programs vary widely in quality. How can we make sure that all preschool programs provide safe and enriching environments that do a good job preparing children for school? In other words, how can we make sure all preschool programs are of the highest possible quality? This Citizen ChoiceWork Guide (and video) from Public Agenda presents three approaches: fund programs more adequately and equitably; create standards and accountability; and give parents more choice. Available in video and print format. (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)

Global Kids

The mission of Global Kids is to prepare urban youth to become global citizens and community leaders. Global Kids works to ensure that young people of diverse backgrounds have the knowledge, skills, and experiences they need to succeed in the workplace and participate in the shaping of public policy and international relations. Global Kids conducts online and face-to-face dialogues for high-school students. (continue)

-