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Empowering young people to embrace civility requires shifting from “rules and punishment” to an understanding that hurtful behavior is incompatible with accepted social norms of their school, communities, and digital communities. This requires emphasizing those positive norms and empowering young people with 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.

This also requires that adults treat young people with respect and kindness, have an accurate understanding of the dynamics of hurtful behavior, and have effective strategies to assist young people resolve hurtful situations.

Embrace Civility

Be a Leader! Embrace Civility is Embrace Civility in the Digital Age’s powerfully positive program to empower students to:

  • Reach Out to those who have been left out or treated badly.
  • Say “Stop” to those who are hurtful.
  • Report Concerns to an adult who can help.
  • Stop, Own It & Fix It if they have been hurtful.
  • Be Positively Powerful in response to hurtful incidents.

Empowering Students to Embrace Civility is the accompanying professional development resource.

Release. These resources and more will be released on October 1, 2016.

Expert Services

Nancy Willard is available for workshops and can also provide webinars for professional development. Nancy also provides legal research, mediation, and settlement assistance to attorneys working for school districts or student plaintiffs.


Over the years, Nancy Willard has written numerous articles, conducted webinars, and other interviews. You can find these resources on this page.

Information Documents

Over the years, Nancy Willard has written numerous reports. You can find these resources on this page.


Nancy’s resources to address digital safety are found here. This work has been “back-benched” while Nancy has been working on new resources to embrace civility.

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