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Constructive Dialogue and Elections: An Educator Guide to Engaging Students

Jake Fay, Ed.D, Eliza O'Neil, Ed.M|November 1, 2022

Our free downloadable elections guidebook provides high school educators with strategies and activities to teach and talk about elections through a constructive dialogue framework. Before the new wave of political and cultural divides, elections once presented fun and engaging learning opportunities for educators and students alike. We developed this resource to support educators and, hopefully, reduce concerns about discussing topics that can often present strong and differing opinions.

The tips, practices, and supplemental resources in this guide will allow students to practice skills that support life-long learning, and think critically about themselves, others, and their place within our U.S. democracy.

About the Constructive Dialogue Institute

Founded in 2017, the Constructive Dialogue Institute (CDI) is a non-profit organization dedicated to equipping high school and college students, educators, and professionals with the mindset and skills to engage in dialogue across differences. CDI seeks to help teachers, faculty, and administrators build learning environments that enable students to feel comfortable engaging with challenging topics so that real learning can occur. To accomplish this goal, CDI translates the latest behavioral science research into educational resources and teaching strategies that are evidence-based, practical, and scalable. Learn more at

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