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 is an approach that shifts from the failed “rules and punishment" or “compliance" approach to bullying prevention to 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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Embrace Civility In School

The objectives of Engage Students to Embrace Civility are to:

  • Engage all members of the school community in establishing a positive school climate that embraces kindness, inclusion, and civility.
  • Increase the effectiveness of school staff in discussing positive relations with students and responding to what appear to be minor hurtful incidents in a restorative and empowering manner, and identifying the more serious or chronic situations.
  • Increase the effectiveness of principals and counselors in investigating and intervening in the more serious or chronic situations in a manner that is restorative, supports the empowerment of all involved students, and ensures ongoing monitoring until all parties indicate the matter has been resolved.
  • Empower students to embrace kindness, inclusion, and civility using a positive norms and student leadership approach that fosters positive behavior and increases student skills as a witness, the one being hurtful, or the one treated badly.

Embrace Civility

Embrace Civility is a program for students in grades 4 through early high school that teaches these 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.

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 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.

Support For Parents

Embrace Civility in the Digital Age provides a book for parents, Support and Empower Your Bullied Child: A Guide for Parents.

In Oregon, Embrace Civility in the Digital Age is implementing a new program to assist parents whose children are being bullied and the school response has not been effective in stopping this, Bullying Resolution Advocacy. If this proves to be effective, efforts will be made to assist professionals in other areas to implement similar services.

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.

Oregon Bullying Resolution Advocacy

Oregon Bullying Resolution Advocacy is new service for parents in Oregon.

Too often, when students or parents report bullying to the school, the situation remains unresolved. Oregon Bullying Resolution Advocacy will assist parents in pursuing an informal or formal complaint process to address bullying or harassment situations through the district and to the Oregon Department of Education, if necessary.

Oregon Bullying Resolution Advocacy can also assist in situations where a student with disabilities is being bullied or engaging in bullying through the IEP or 504 process.

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

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

Litigation Support Services

For years, the focus of Embrace Civility in the Digital Age has been on seeking to support schools in making positive changes to better foster positive relations and embrace civility. Embrace Civility in the Digital Age will also focus on educating and supporting attorneys and others who are seeking to address the concerns of these bullied and harassed students.

Nancy Willard has produced a 90- minute video training, Deliberate Indifference to a Hostile Environment at School.

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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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