Embrace Civility In The Digital Age                 

Make a Positive Difference in the Lives of Young People Today!

The mission of Embrace Civility in the Digital Age is to provide guidance to caring adults so they can better engage young people to embrace civility and foster positive relations.

Embracing civility supports the full engagement of students in maintaining an environment where hurtful behavior is incompatible with the accepted social norms and where everyone takes responsibility for the quality of the relationships.


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Engage Students to Embrace Civility provides guidance for school leaders on research-based strategies to:

  • Engage all members of the school community in the effort to establish a positive school climate that embraces kindness, inclusion, and civility.
  • Increase the effectiveness of teachers in supporting positive relations and responding to minor hurtful incidents in a restorative manner that supports increased resilience of the involved students.
  • Increase the effectiveness of principals in investigating and intervening in the more serious or chronic hurtful situations in a manner that supports increased resilience of all involved students, holds hurtful students accountable, remedies the harm, corrects environmental concerns, and ensures ongoing monitoring until all involved students indicate that things have gotten better.
  • Empower students to embrace kindness, inclusion, and civility by engaging students as leaders in this effort, using a positive norms approach to encourage positive behavior, and increasing student resilience and skills as a witness to a hurtful situation, the one being hurtful, or the one treated badly.

Be Positively Powerful: An Empowerment Plan for Teens Who Are Bullied or Harassed  is a new book I have written for teens — also for parents. This book provides teens with seven positively powerful strategies to ensure they are a strong survivor of the bullying or harassment they have endured. Parents of younger children can adapt these positive strategies. Available now on Amazon.

Embrace Civility in Schools

Embrace Civility

Embrace Civility is a student leadership program for students in grades 4 through early high school that teaches the values and skills to foster positive relations that focuses on positive social norms and effective skills. 

  • Reach Out. Be kind to those who are treated badly or left out and help resolve conflict.
  • Say “Stop.” Help those who are hurtful stop, accept personal responsibility, and remedy the harm.
  • Report Concerns. Report serious concerns to an adult who can help.
  • Stop, Own it, and Fix It. Avoid being hurtful and if you were, stop yourself, accept responsibility, and remedy the harm.
  • Be Positively Powerful. Respond effectively if someone is hurtful and become positively powerful.

This program is being redeveloped based on some new insight from a project I am working on. Look for a new version fall 2019.

Engage Students to Embrace Civility

Engage Students to Embrace Civility resources provide insight for educators that address:

  • Why current bullying prevention approaches are not effective and research-based strategies to achieve a more positive school climate that fosters positive relations.
  • Strategies grounded in trauma informed care, positive social norms, and social-emotional learning to empower students to foster positive relations.
  • Strategies to empower school staff to effectively respond when they witness hurtful incidents or hurtful incidents are reported.
  • Strategies to effectively investigate and intervene in the more serious or chronic situations.

Engage Students to Embrace Civility. My new book for school leaders is now available on Amazon!

Consulting and Training Services. I am available for consulting and training services for districts and schools.

Watch a new short Engage Students to Embrace Civility Introductory Video here. This document outlines the Engage Students to Embrace Civility approach.

These are some new articles related to these concerns:

  • Increase Student Resilience. This document provides insight into research-based strategies schools can use to increase student resilience.
  • Rethinking Token Rewards. This document outlines the concerns associated with the use of token rewards in schools, a feature of Positive Behavior Interventions and Supports. There is a misperception that PBIS will reduce bullying, because, although lacking any research to make the claim PBIS has been claiming that it will reduce bullying. This recent study demonstrates that this is not the case.
  • School Safety. As schools enter the new school year, given the events that transpired last spring, school safety has obviously emerged as a significant concern. This article addresses Trauma Informed School Safety.
  • Bullying and Harassment. This article focuses on the bullying statute and data in Oregon, but addresses a concern that is in all other states.
  • Parents of Children with Disabilities. This document outlines what schools should be doing in situations where students with disabilities are being bullied and how parents can insist the school respond effectively. 

Expert Witness and Consultancy Services

These services are offered for attorneys who are either representing students who have experienced discriminatory harassment, sex harassment, or bullying or attorneys who are representing school districts who are seeking a positive resolution in a harassment or bullying situation or are seeking to respond to concerns associated with issues of free speech, hate speech, or off-campus speech.

Bullying Resolution

Bullying Resolution provides insight for parents in Oregon on how to advocate for their child who is being bullied or harassed. 




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Nancy Willard, M.S., J.D., is the Director of Embrace Civility in the Digital Age.  Nancy’s approach is grounded in youth empowerment and restorative practices. 

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