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September 6, 2007

creative thinking

Just a few recent items from my inbox that reflect that creativity of the movement for civic renewal:

1. Warrior to Citizen: The Center for Democracy & Citizenship at the University of Minnesota has formally launched its effort to help returning veterans reintegrate into civilian life. The emphasis is not on services, therapy, or sympathy. Instead, the Warrior to Citizen campaign recognizes that veterans have skills and knowledge that they can use for the benefit of American communities, if they are treated as assets. The coalition includes military and veterans' organizations, higher education, mayors, and 250 priests, among others.

2. Resident Leaders: The Jonathan M. Tisch College of Citizenship and Public Service at Tufts University is placing experienced undergraduates in dorms specifically to help first-year students engage in their communities. They join the traditional residential assistants (RAs) who help with academic and personal matters.

3. The Whole Child: The Association for Supervision and Curriculum Development (ASCD), which is a huge membership organization, has launched a campaign to fight the narrowing of the US curriculum and to defend arts, civics, service, and other crucial aspects of education that are at risk of disappearing from our schools.

September 6, 2007 3:53 PM | category: none


From Laura Varlas, via email:

ASCD recently released a short video on YouTube that dynamically captures the message of the Whole Child.

ASCD hopes you'll watch the video, share it with your colleagues, and continue to help ASCD spur conversations across the country about how to ensure each child is healthy, safe, engaged, supported, and challenged.

Comment on the video

Next steps?:

ASCD's new Community Conversations resource has background information on the whole child campaign, a PowerPoint presentation, and facilitator's guides to help you convene a conversation.

September 14, 2007 3:52 PM | Comments (1) | posted by Peter Levine

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