About AllSides for Schools
AllSides for Schools helps educators prepare students to participate thoughtfully in democracy – and in life.
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About AllSides for Schools
How can teachers prepare students with the skills and knowledge they need to navigate modern media, social networks, and their personal relationships? How can teachers engage in current events and controversial topics without causing divisions in the classroom or being charged with bias?
AllSides for Schools helps educators teach essential skills in critical thinking, collaboration, listening and respectful discourse, media literacy and social-emotional learning. Our unique focus on building relationships and revealing multiple viewpoints across the political spectrum avoids the potential problems with bias and disrespecting individual beliefs.
In the fall of 2014, the founders of AllSides and Living Room Conversations met at a founding meeting for Bridge Alliance, a movement of more than 80 civic action organizations. We liked each other! In particular, Joan Blades (who co-founded MoveOn.org) and John Gable (who worked for President H. W. Bush and Senator Mitch McConnell) became friends, finding much agreement about the need for respectful, productive engagement across partisan lines. This friendship led to a valuable and deepening partnership.
In 2015, a youth voter/non-voter Living Room Conversation revealed complete agreement that high school does not prepare students to vote. AllSides was developing a news literacy and critical thinking curriculum to further support teachers using AllSides materials. We realized that adding a relationship awareness piece would greatly increase the educational value of this effort. AllSides for Schools was launched in 2015, a partnership between AllSides and Living Room Conversations. http://www.allsides.com/schools
John became a Living Room Conversations partner, joining the leadership team. Joan co-hosted a high profile Living Room Conversation with John about Modernizing Nuclear Weapons. And John got Joan’s op-ed about this conversation placed in the Christian Science Monitor.
Living Room Conversations and AllSides now highlight each other as resources prominently on their websites.
We are natural allies and better together. Our joint schools program brings the best of both our worlds together, plus other resources and talents from other groups, educators and friends we have met along the way.
Have a question about a tool or a resource we offer? Have a story to share about successes or challenges you’ve encountered when using AllSides for Schools resources in your classroom? Write us a note to tell us about it. You can also email us at firstname.lastname@example.org.