Category Archives: Training Opportunities

CIRCLE — All Together Now: Collaboration and Innovation for Youth Engagement An Open Online Seminar

All Together Now:  Collaboration and Innovation for Youth Engagement

An Open Online Seminar

From CIRCLE, (click on to learn more, including about tools, and who’s participating)

Excited by improving and creating new learning opportunities that will increase youth engagement?  Want to share your passion with a diverse group of learners?

Join CIRCLE for a FREE 5-week open, online seminar that will extend research and recommendations from the recent report All Together Now:  Collaboration and Innovation for Youth Engagement.  Bring your ideas and vision to the table and create plans for your own community.

Starts week of January 13th

More information is below OR you can contact us at OR

Since the release of the report All Together Now:  Collaboration and Innovation for Youth Engagement, CIRCLE has been in conversation with a wide range of stakeholders  interested in and committed to improving the civic and political engagement opportunities and outcomes for ALL youth in the United States.   This FREE and open online seminar is an effort to reach out and engage individuals and groups interested in extending the conversation about that state of youth engagement and future strategies to improve it.   The seminar welcomes young people, parents, educators, policymakers, youth advocates, researchers and others to join this five-week learning community.  The seminar is also designed to allow for multiple levels of participant and will have synchronous and asynchronous elements to accommodate those who need flexibility.


  • Introduce participants to the key findings and recommendations of the report as a means to ground our conversations in the research and provide an opportunity for participants to exchange additional information about what they have seen on the ground.
  • Engage a diverse set of participants in thinking and dialogue around the report that would not be possible in more geographically- or strategy-bound environments
  • Provide a platform for advocates, those working in the fields of civic learning and engagement, researchers, commissioners and CIRCLE staff to write, reflect and share their thinking and response to the report
  • Create an environment and structure that would prompt participants to adjust, design or propose strategies, actions, programming or activities that could extend the report into real world environments.


  • A better and deeper understanding of the research behind the report
  • How the research and recommendations of the report can be applied to participants’ practice
  • New ideas for actions and activities to support the recommendations in the report
  • Extended thinking about challenges, opportunities and recommendations in the report as well as provide additional information and ideas to supplement it
  • Information and experience exchange between groups committed to improved civic learning and engagement of youth
  • Researchers connect to work in the field and practitioners think about elements that they could use to evaluate the work
  • Creation of materials (in any format) that can be shared online (digital artifacts) for the benefit of a broader audience


  • Getting Prepared: Register, read the report, introduce yourself (via Facebook Group) and engage with our warm up activities
  • Session 1:   Orientation to the Seminar / Introduction to the Report (week of January 13th)
  • Session 2:  What is the state of youth civic learning and engagement?  (week of January 20th)
  • Session 3:  What works and how would you apply these to your practice? (week of January 27th)
  • Session 4:  How does this all work together?  (week of February 3rd)
  • Session 5:   What have we learned together? (week of February 10th)

Frontiers of Democracy 2013: Innovations in Civic Practice, Theory, and Education, July 18-20 at Tufts in Medford, MA

The Tisch College of Citizenship and Public Service at Tufts University, the Democracy Imperative, and the Deliberative Democracy Consortium bring you “Frontiers of Democracy: Innovations in Civic Practice, Theory, and Education,” an interactive gathering on civic studies and civic work that follows the Summer Institute of Civic Studies at Tufts.

After concurrent meetings arranged by the Center for Engaged Democracy and National Coalition for Dialogue & Deliberation during the day of July 18, “Frontiers” will turn to interactive learning exchanges, concurrent academic sessions, “short takes” (10-minute rehearsed talks by invited speakers), and meals and other opportunities to talk with scholars and practitioners from many countries who are interested in public engagement, deliberative and participatory democracy, collaborative governance, educating for democracy and civic learning, public work, building social capital, strengthening democracy, and related themes.

A registration form and more information are here. You can also consult a draft agenda for 2013’s conference and videos of “short takes” from the 2012 meeting.

Announcement from Peter Levine, Lincoln Filene Professor of Citizenship & Public Affairs, Director of CIRCLE: the Center for Information & Research on Civic Learning & Engagement, Jonathan M. Tisch College of Citizenship and Public Service, Tufts University, Lincoln Filene Hall, Medford, MA 02155-7028, 617-627-2302,