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 empower young people to embrace civility and foster positive relations.

Embracing civility is an approach that shifts from the failed “rules and punishment"  approach to bullying prevention to the creation of an environment where hurtful behavior is incompatible with the accepted social norms. This requires:

Helping young people gain the values and skills to:

  • Effectively step in to help if they witness hurtful behavior.
  • Stop themselves from being hurtful and make things right if they have been.
  • Be self-confident and respond in a powerfully positive manner if someone is hurtful to them.

Ensuring school staff and other adults who work with young people:

  • Have an accurate understanding of the dynamics of hurtful behavior.
  • Use effective strategies to intervene in hurtful incidents that assist young people in resolving hurtful situations.    

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Creating “Community" in Your School Post Election 2016

Schools are struggling with the harmful impact of Election 2016. I am going to strive to provide resources on this page, as well as articles that will be published on Education World to address this concern. 

In the Bull Pen with Dr. T. 

I did a BlogTalkRadio presentation with Dr. T on November 14. A slideshow that illustrates this talk is available. A link to the presentation will be available.

Education World

I am now writing articles for Education World.

Education Week

Here is an earlier article on Education Week’s Finding Common Ground.


Be a Leader! Embrace Civility

Be a Leader! Embrace Civility is a FREE program for students in 4th through 12th grade. Teach your students the values and skills to foster positive relations!

  • 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. If you were hurtful, stop yourself and remedy the harm.
  • Be Positively Powerful. Respond effectively if someone is hurtful and become positively powerful.

Given the challenges of the time, Embrace Civility in the Digital Age has produced guidance on how schools can quickly implement an Embrace Civility Initiative. This Initiative can be combined with the Be a Leader! Embrace Civility program. 

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Empower Students to Embrace Civility

Empower Students to Embrace Civility is a six Unit professional development online course for educators. 

Currently, this course is available for independent study at no charge. If schools choose to use this resource for more comprehensive school-wide professionals development, please contact us to arrange for arrangements. These resources can also be used in university courses, again, please contact us for arrangements. 

Through these resources, teachers will:

  • Gain insight into current challenges in bullying prevention research and expert recommendations for a more effective approach.
  • Learn how to better empower students who are targeted with self-confidence and resilience; help those who are hurtful to stop, own it, and fix it; and increase positive interventions by peers.
  • Learn how to more effectively respond to hurtful incidents.

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Trial Services

In addition to my expertise in bullying prevention, I am a former attorney. It has become clear to me that my services could be of assistance to attorneys who are representing students who have been relentlessly harassed in schools. I am available as a Trial Consultant or Expert Witness for Plaintiff counsel. I am also willing to assist schools that have been responsive to these concerns or who wish to develop an effective settlement agreement. This is a paper I wrote in early 2017:

Deliberate Indifference to a Hostile Environment

This is a law review article I wrote related to the authority of school officials to respond to off-campus student speech that was published by the Albany Law Journal of Science and Technology.


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. Read More


BlogTalkRadio interview

Key Recent Articles

Expert Services

Nancy Willard is available for workshops and webinars for professional development. Read More



Over the years, Nancy has written articles and appeared in webinars or interviews. Read More


Over the years, Nancy has written numerous documents and reports. Read More

Cyber Savvy

Nancy’s resources to address digital safety are available. Read More