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.

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Engage Students to Embrace Civility

Watch a new short Engage Students to Embrace Civility Introductory Video here.

You can also download the slides for this video.

This is a document that outlines the Engage Students to Embrace Civility approach.

Are Our Students Okay? What Does the Data Tell Us?

This is a new report on what the data says about students in the Eugene/Springfield community.

This is a slideshow that shares the data from the Student Wellness Survey and the 4J survey.

This is the commentary that ran in the Register Guard.

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.

This article provides helpful insight into the underlying concerns associated with PBIS, especially in relation to discouraging students. This passage from the research article is most focused on the concerns associated with the operant conditioning, behavioral approach.

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. The following are documents I just wrote addressing these concerns. I created these documents at the request of the chairperson of the Nevada School Safety Task Force.

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 is a one-page brochure about the student leadership program and book.

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, is now available on Amazon!

Two new videos for learning and professional development are also available online!

This is a one-page brochure about the book and the student leadership program.

Support For Parents

Positive Parenting

This page provides a guide for parents and resources to support positive parenting, especially in this age of anxiety.

Support and Empower Your Bullied Child: A Guide for Parents

Support and Empower Your Bullied Child: A Guide for Parents provides a powerfully positive strategy parents can use to ensure that schools effectively address the concerns of bullying of their child or teen. 

Support and Empower Your Bullied Child: A Guide for Parents provides parents with insight into legal protections for students who are being bullied and guidance on how to effectively document what is happening to ensure appropriate attention by the principal. Extensive research-based guidance is provided on strategies to empower children and teens who are being bullied to assist them in becoming more self-confident, resilient, and respond effectively if someone is hurtful.

This book is available in paperback and Kindle format on Amazon.

Bullying Resolution Services

Bullying Resolution Services is new service for parents in Oregon.

Too often, when students or parents report bullying to the school, the situation remains unresolved. Bullying Resolution Services will assist parents in requesting an Independent Educational Evaluation in a situation where a student with disabilities is being bullied or pursuing an formal complaint to address bullying or harassment situations through the district and to the Oregon Department of Education, if necessary.

Bullying Resolution Services will encourage a positive resolution that will support all involved students and any involved staff.

Bullying Resolution Services can also provide services to schools and districts by supporting an investigation or mediation to assist in resolving these situations.

Coaching for Children and Teens

Nancy can provide coaching services to children and teens who are being bullied.

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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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