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The Enduring Effects of NIF on High School Students (NIF Report)

This 1999 report by John Doble and Iara Peng of Doble Research Associates examined the inclusion and effectiveness of NIF material in high school classrooms. See more details on the NIF website. Four high school teachers who extensively use NIF in their classes partnered with Doble Research on this project. The teachers reviewed the research protocol and materials, described at length how they use NIF in their classrooms, recruited students to participate in the focus groups, made all arrangements for each session, acted as participant-observers at the sessions, joined […] (continue)

Preparing Today’s Kids for Tomorrow’s Jobs: What Should Our Community Do? (NIF Issue Guide)

One of the National Issues Forums Institute’s issue guides, Preparing Today’s Kids for Tomorrow’s Jobs: What Should Our Community Do? outlines this public issue and several choices or approaches to addressing the issue. National Issues Forums do not advocate a specific solution or point of view, but provide citizens the opportunity to consider a broad range of choices, weigh the pros and cons of those options, and meet with each other in a public dialogue to identify the concerns they hold in common.  From the […] (continue)

Weighing the Options: How Can We Encourage Healthy Weights among America’s Youth? (NIF Issue Guide)

One of the National Issues Forums Institute’s issue guides, Weighing the Options: How Can We Encourage Healthy Weights among America’s Youth? outlines this public issue and several choices or approaches to addressing the issue. National Issues Forums do not advocate a specific solution or point of view, but provide citizens the opportunity to consider a broad range of choices, weigh the pros and cons of those options, and meet with each other in a public dialogue to identify the concerns they hold in common.  From […] (continue)

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

This 2000 report by Doble Research Associates details people’s thinking as they “worked through” the issue of public schools by deliberating together, considering other points of view, and weighing the costs and consequences of different approaches to the issue. It shows that people’s thinking is complex and sometimes at odds with the policy debate. The concepts of “school choice” and “standards,” for example, had different meanings to participants than they often do in policy terms.  Find more details & order info on the NIF website. (continue)

Our Nation’s Kids: Is Something Wrong? (NIF Report)

This 2000 report by John Doble Research Associates describes how forum participants are thinking about questions of how our troubled kids are doing.  Find more details & order info on the NIF website.  From the report… This report, by Doble Research Associates, a nonpartisan, public interest consulting firm, is based on an analysis of the thinking of 1,956 citizens who participated in nearly one hundred of the thousands of National Issues Forums that have taken place, and continue to take place, across the country. (The sample […] (continue)

Youth and Violence: Reducing the Threat (NIF Issue Guide)

One of the National Issues Forums Institute’s issue guides, Youth and Violence: Reducing the Threat outlines this public issue and several choices or approaches to addressing the issue. National Issues Forums do not advocate a specific solution or point of view, but provide citizens the opportunity to consider a broad range of choices, weigh the pros and cons of those options, and meet with each other in a public dialogue to identify the concerns they hold in common.  From the issue guide… Violence has become […] (continue)

DemocracyU

Check out the new DemocracyU website, the internet home to the American Commonwealth Partnership. The website highlights the inspiring work that engaged students are achieving at universities, colleges and communities across the country. The site will include students’ personal stories of off-campus activities as well as discussion and debate on the evolving role of university and college students in engaging in public work that benefits society. (continue)

Involving Youth in Your Agency’s Sustainability Activities

This new report from the Institute for Local Government focuses on youth engagement with local governments, particularly on the issues of climate change and energy. The white paper looks at the impact of youth boards and commissions in some California cities, youth involvement in public meetings, and creating programming geared toward a younger audience. The report compiles a fairly comprehensive set of resources to use when thinking about and developing youth involvement strategies. This white paper originally appeared as an article in the September 2011 […] (continue)

No Textbook Answer: Communities Confront the Achievement Gap (documentary film)

This post includes details on a new National Issues Forums documentary film on how schools can use deliberation to uncover the best ways for them to address the achievement gap. The film will be aired on PBS stations around the country in 2011, and you can (1) request a free copy of the film and (2) help make sure your local PBS station airs the film. (continue)

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)

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