A blended learning program that distills rigorous behavioral science research into practical skills that help improve students’ communication, sense of belonging, and openness to diverse perspectives. Anyone can use the program, but we make Perspectives free to educators and their students.

Co-Creating Resilient Group Norms

This activity aids in establishing explicit standards describing what students can expect to experience in a classroom and how they’re expected to participate.

Speed-Mingling Icebreaker

Trust-building is an important foundation before engaging in deeper discussion topics. This icebreaker activity will help students feel more connected.

Silent Listening With a Partner

This activity challenges students to practice listening to understand – not simply to respond— and allows them to share without fear of interruption.

Hopes and Concerns

This activity allows students to reflect, write down, and share out their hopes and concerns around engaging in constructive dialogue about issues of importance.

Dialogue Question Design Worksheet

Good questions are foundational to any constructive dialogue. This activity helps instructors craft questions that have a higher likelihood of promoting dialogue that connects – rather than divides.

The Questions Game

In pairs, students will take turns sharing a political stance they hold, and their partner will listen and only ask questions (rather than respond) in order to learn as much as they can about their partner’s views and why they hold those views.

14th Amendment: Battles for Freedom and Equality – Module 14 in Constitution 101

The 14th Amendment wrote the Declaration of Independence’s promise of freedom and equality into the Constitution. Ratified after the Civil War, this amendment transformed the Constitution forever and is at the core of a period that many scholars refer to as our nation’s “Second Founding.” Even so, the 14th Amendment remains the focus of many of today’s most important constitutional debates (and Supreme Court cases). In many ways, the history of the modern Supreme Court is largely a history of modern-day battles over the 14th Amendment’s meaning. So many of the constitutional cases that Americans care about today turn on the 14th Amendment. Learning objectives: Explain why the 14th Amendment was added to the Constitution; identify the core principles in the 14th Amendment’s clauses; summarize how the Supreme Court has interpreted the meaning of the 14th Amendment; evaluate the effect of the 14th Amendment on liberty and equality.

The Judicial System and Current Cases – Module 9 of Constitution 101

Article III of the Constitution establishes the judicial branch of the national government, which is responsible for interpreting the laws. At the highest level, the judicial branch is led by the U.S. Supreme Court, which consists of nine Justices. In the federal system, the lower courts consist of the district courts and the courts of appeals. Federal courts—including the Supreme Court—exercise the power of judicial review. This power gives courts the authority to rule on the constitutionality of laws passed (and actions taken) by the elected branches. The Constitution also promotes the principle of judicial independence—granting federal judges life tenure (meaning that they serve until they die, resign, or are impeached and removed from office). This module will examine the judicial branch and its powers. is an interactive, educational site designed to teach middle and high school students about the historical evolution of U.S. laws on important contemporary legal issues. The site currently features three timelines that take students through the legal history of suffrage, federalism, and the legal rights of the accused. Each timeline is rich with engaging