Toolkit Library/

How classroom political discussions—controversies, too—prepare students for needed civic participation

Discussing values in the context of a classroom or a larger community requires careful planning to ensure that all voices are heard. In this article, author Holly Korbey highlights key research in the field of classroom deliberation and identifies strategies for ensuring that discussions about differing values and controversial topics remain civil and productive.


   10 minutes

   By: Holly Korbey, KQED

   Educator-prep | K-12 educators

Making connections:

Principled Innovation asks us to work with others and recognize the limits of our own knowledge so that we can better understand and tackle the complex issues our communities face.

More on this topic:

Empathy expert teaches how to understand others even when you politically disagree


  15 minutes

  By: ASU, Elizabeth Segal

Getting to know your students in a million words or less


  2 minutes

  By: Edutopia

Civil presence


  10 minutes

  By: Principled Innovation™ (PI)

Equitable and inclusive teaching


  10 minutes

  By: Harvard's Derek Bok Center for Teaching and Learning

Truth matters: teaching young students to search for the most reasonable answer


  30 minutes

  By: Alina Reznitskaya and Ian A.G. Wilkinson, Phi Delta Kappan

Access our collection of +200 learning materials

PI toolkit library