Civil Dialogue

Women’s Rights: Past, Present and Future

You are invited to a civil dialogue on Women’s Rights. Join us for a 3-day Web Dialogue, beginning November 17 at 8am and closing November 19 at 4pm. Secondary and college students will register and interact with community experts and other students from across the Central Valley. To register, go to . 

$500 Mini Grants Sponsored by League of Women Voters of Fresno

Students who participate in the web dialogue and come up with a proposal for a project can submit an application for a $500 mini grant. Click here to download


Teacher Notes for Civil Dialogue

We are glad to share an opportunity for your students to participate in the Dialogue on Women’s Rights: Past, Present and Future. Teachers and students can join the Web Dialogue anytime. Some only log in several times to observe the dialogue. Others find one or two discussions compelling and join more often. Some will join as a class sharing ideas and comments as they participate in the dialogue. It is open for 3 days, in part because it’s so difficult to get teachers and students on at the same time. This way, a teacher can incorporate the dialogue into an online class session during that time or encourage student participation as an assignment or extra credit. Even better, if the teacher can connect the topic to their curriculum, the class can discuss this and prepare comments to share with the regional dialogue.

I encourage you to go to the website to see how it works ( You can see the Discussions and the Library (still in development.) During the dialogue, teachers and students can add items to the Library. We encourage teachers and students to register well before the dialogue starts and to study the Library docs. When it begins, participants can add their comments to the dialogue discussions, like a blog, so we see the most recent comment, but can scroll down to see earlier comments. For confidentiality, only the first name and first initial of the student will be seen by their comment (secondary students only.)

At the end of each day, we post a summary of the main ideas and issues that emerged in the discussions, so people can get an overview if they come in after the first day. Your students can express and defend their opinions with other students and community experts from across the Central Valley. On the third day, we encourage students to propose service projects or policy proposals for their school or community to address this issue. We hope that some student groups will be inspired to implement these projects. Facilitating that is our consulting work with teachers and we welcome the opportunity to support these projects.

For students to participate in this dialogue, have them go to the website above and register. Tell them to use their school email, put their role as student (middle or high school) and the name of your school for organization/school. We can let you know who participated from your school.

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Civic Education

We have come to take democracy for granted, and civic education has fallen by the wayside.
John G. Roberts, Jr., Chief Justice of the United States December 31, 2019

Since 2015, the Civic Education Center has guided US History teachers, in grades 5, 8 and 11, to use civil dialogue, inquiry and exciting civic service projects to deliver the state curriculum. This year, we serve 29 teachers and 1,600 students in Fresno, Sanger, Caruthers and Fowler.

Students analyze a specific school or community problem or issue using appropriate lenses from civics, economics, geography, and history; and take and evaluate actions on the issue.
HISTORY SOCIAL SCIENCE FRAMEWORK; Chapter 13 (CA Department of Education, 2017)

Nation is Facing a Civic Crisis

Read the Valley Voices editorial by John Minkler, Nation is Facing a Crisis, about the Democracy School Program.


The California Seal of Civic Engagement, from CA law AB24, will be awarded for “demonstrated excellence in civics education… and voluntary participation in community service or extracurricular activities.”  The Civic Education Center is working with Fresno Unified School District to develop a regional award to recognize civic knowledge, skills, and service for graduating seniors.  Students who earn this award will have an advantage in job applications and with college applications and scholarships.  It also gives education and community leaders an indication of how many graduates demonstrate civic competence.  It becomes a tool to measure the effectiveness of civic education in high schools.

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