Supporting Civil Discourse in Classrooms

Most Americans believe that civility has severely declined over the past two decades. We hear stories daily about ridicule, bullying, and simple rudeness – and these stories are happening in homes, classrooms, on the Internet, and in businesses. There are several reasons for this decline. Some scholars suggest that as society has become more informal […]

Promoting Public Service

  Our communities depend on individuals that believe in public service. How can we inspire and nurture public service with elementary students? First, have a discussion about the meaning of public service. Discuss different ways that public employees help the community. Brainstorm services provided by public servants. (firefighters, lawmakers, military personnel, postal delivery, teachers, and […]

Basics of Creative Problem Solving

What is Creative Problem Solving? Creative Problem Solving is a process of breaking down a problem, generating multiple solutions, and evaluating ideas for the most effective result. The process was first formalized by Alex Osborne and Sidney Parnes in the 1950s. It has been taught in a variety of programs since that time to encourage […]

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