Positive Relations @ School
Embrace Civility in the Digital Age is working on Positive Relations @ School, a Comprehensive Framework, grounded in current research insight and legal standards, to assist schools in effectively supporting positive relations to help reduce peer aggression and limit its harmful effects. The book describing this program is almost complete.
Review the first chapter of this book.
An earlier document, entitled Avoid the Walk from the Schoolhouse Gate to the Courtroom Door, is also available.
This document addresses three critical legal issues that are associated with school efforts to reduce peer aggression:
- Avoiding liability or agency enforcement for discriminatory harassment under civil rights laws.
- Restricting student speech on campus when that speech disparages other students, without violating students’ free speech rights.
- Responding to hurtful off-campus, frequently online, speech by students that attacks other students or school staff, without violating students’ free speech rights.
Nancy Willard can offer a 3-hour engaging workshop on these issues for school administrators. The most cost effective approach is a “virtual presentation.” Ample time is provided for Q & A. The workshop also provides strategic breaks where participants will discuss specific issues with their peers. For more information, contact Nancy at <nwillard (at) embracecivility (dot) org.