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. 

Help students gain the values and skills to:

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

Ensure that all school staff:

  • Have an accurate understanding of the dynamics of hurtful behavior.
  • Use effective strategies to intervene in hurtful incidents they witness or are reported.

Ensure that school leaders, including administrators, counselors, and school psychologists

  • Understand the legal parameters that relate to their responsibilities. 
  • Engage in comprehensive efforts to ensure a positive school climate and cultural competence.
  • Effectively investigate and intervene in a restorative manner in the more serious hurtful situations.

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Empower Students to Embrace Civility

The objectives of Empower 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, responding to what appears to be minor hurtful incidents in a restorative and empowering manner, and identifying the more serious or chronic situations.
  • Increase the effectiveness of principals 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.

A Workshop/Webinar is offered that provides insight for educators that addresses.

  • 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.

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.


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. Parents are encouraged to request restoration and remedy of the harm, rather than punishment–and to insist that the school engage in necessary actions to improve its climate. 

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. Further, guidance is provided to encourage bullied children and teens to become Helpful Allies who step in to help others who are being treated badly.  

Information is provided to parents about the nature of bullying, the challenges in addressing bullying at school, and positive strategies they can recommend to schools. Support and Empower Your Bullied Child: A Guide for Parents is a book for parents who want to become activists–not only to support and empower their child, but improve the well-being of all students in their school. 

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

Bullying Resolution Advocacy

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. Bullying Resolution Advocacy will assist parents in pursuing a formal complaint process through the district and to the Oregon Department of Education, if necessary.

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.

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

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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