The aim of the Sphere Education Initiatives’ Principles of Civil Discourse unit is to help empower you as an educator to foster civil discourse in your school community. In this unit, you will find a suite of materials you can use, including lesson plans, helpful handouts, and classroom displays. Each resource is designed to be interdisciplinary and adaptable for all learning audiences.
In this primer, you will find introductory information on skills, best practices for establishing discussion norms and brave learning environments for students, methods for encouraging civil discourse outside the classroom by establishing a school‐to‐home connection, and helpful tips for sharing the positive impacts of bringing civil discourse to your school community.
This toolkit is intended to support you in establishing a civil discourse framework to promote discussions of a wide range of topics, including those covered in our modules on Foundations of Civics and Economics, Policy and Current Events, and Human Progress. By creating a strong foundation for civil discourse about pressing issues and using viewpoint‐diverse subject matter, you will empower the next generation to improve civic culture in America.