Seeking guidance on how to engage in productive conversations on contentious topics? The following resources provide facilitation tips and background information on the state of civil discourse.
Setting Ground Rules - Civil Discourse and Difficult Decisions, from the U.S. Courts. Use these ground rules to develop your own norms of civil discourse.
Managing Conversations When You Disagree Politically, from the American Psychological Association.
Difficult Dialogues National Resource Center provides guidelines and strategies for dialogue and access to the following two handbooks published by the University of Alaska: Start Talking: A Handbook for Engaging Difficult Dialogues in Higher Education and Stop Talking: Indigenous Ways of Teaching and Learning and Difficult Dialogues in Higher Education.
Civil Discourse in the Classroom - Simple Approaches to Tough Conversations, by Lara Schwartz and Daniel Ritter, for the American Association of University Professors.
Civil Discourse in the Classroom - Tools for Teaching Argumentation and Discussion, from the folks at Teaching Tolerance. Based on lessons tested in diverse classrooms across the United States, this guide introduces educators to basic tools for teaching civil discourse. Although it is primarily designed for young adolescents, the curriculum can be adapted for students of any age.
The New York Times 2020 Civil Conversation Challenge for Teenagers, a really cool project from the New York Times.