CEC staff guide teachers, students and community members in civil dialogue about controversial issues, including the new Ethnic Studies course and promoting equity and inclusiveness, in the context of American civic values. In Visalia USD, there was a conflict about the text for the Ethnic Studies class. Dr. Stephen Morris and Dr. John Minkler created a consensus around the concept of Reflective Patriotism, affirming the need to teach patriotism and critical thinking about our history and current issues. Both are essential.


We facilitate a Common Ground Advisory Task Force designed to proactively provide Principal’s and Superintendent’s with a sounding board.


Consulting, Advising and Workshops for schools and districts. With a focus on Racial and religious conflict resolution, Ethnic studies courses; staff training and Prep for the CA Seal for Civic Engagement.