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      Current Events

      Today’s Current Event: Civility and Civil Conversations  

      The dramatic events in our country this year greatly impact awareness of our differences and need for respectful civil conversations: a global pandemic, a demand for racial healing and social justice, the elections, and the ever-present confusion about gathering trustworthy information from media.

      It is more important than ever to talk about civics and civility with our students and help them navigate listening and finding their voice for the common good.

      New Resource

      Learning to Give just published a new resource to guide youth in debate, conflict, and civility. See the Civility and Civil Conversations guide below, with videos created by youth leaders of young people of all ages. 

      In addition, Find tips and resources about having Difficult Conversations by establishing a safe environment, promoting respectful dialogue, backing up arguments with facts, and talking about news and current events. Further, help young people evaluate the roles of media, bias, facts, and critical thinking related to current events and controversial topics with these Media Literacy Tips

      Civility and Civil Conversations

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      Civility and Civil Conversations

      Civility is courtesy and politeness for others. It comes from the word "civis," which means citizen. We can teach civility and the skills of civil conversations to grow citizenship and action for the good of all.

      We are a global community of diverse stories - past, present, and future. Sharing our unique stories helps make a better world as we engage in the philanthropic act of generous listening. The following two resources were written by practicing teachers across the country to guide empathy, decision making, community building, and social justice. Social Emotional Learning: Guides with suggested activities and videos to help students engage in SEL while Learning to Give. Social Justice: Lesson plans by grade level that culminate in a StoryCorps-style project.

      Teacher-created philanthropy education lessons magnify the impact of any academic content with themes of generosity, community, and civic and social responsibility. Perfect base for PBL, service-learning, and student-centered instruction. Lessons align to state standards, including Common Core State Standards, and some international standards.

      Current events provide opportunities to discuss our role in civil society and to decide whether and how to get involved. At Learning to Give, we want to help young people learn about and practice taking action for the common good. Look here for current ideas to spark youth knowledge and action to make a difference.

      Issue Area-Related Lesson Plans and Project Ideas

      The best service-learning projects are related to learning, involve youth voice and choice, address a researched need, and work with local resources. Click the green button in each issue area block below?to access a?...

      Learning to Give in Your After-School Program?

      Use our step-by-step mini-courses for teaching generosity and building community connections in your after-school program.?Learning to Give’s Free Teaching and Learning Mini-Courses linked below guide After-School instruction and...