Preparing students to participate thoughtfully in democracy - and in life.

Students need to learn how to sort through mass media and social networks, think critically about the issues, and engage with each other in a healthy and positive way, even when there are differences in opinions and backgrounds.

AllSides for Schools helps educators teach these valuable lessons and skills. With its unique focus on maintaining healthy relationships and revealing multiple points of view across the political spectrum, it also avoids the potential problems around bias or disrespecting individual beliefs.

Let's teach the next generation how to see diverse perspectives, value differences and benefit from everyone’s best ideas.


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Elections and Relationships

The climate for elections and political issues is so divisive, how can classrooms discuss hot-button issues effectively and with mutual understanding?

These lesson plans and classroom activities provide teachers with structured programs and tools for having conversations and critical analysis of controversial topics in ways that foster better understanding of the issue and of each other, despite differences in opinion, culture, and political beliefs.

Learn more about the school program from press coverage including:

Relationships First

Introduces students to civil dialog and appreciating others even when we disagree

Dictionary Term Lesson Plan

1 or multiple day program that uses the Dictionary term of your choosing to teach about differences in opinion and perspective

Elections Special

2-3 day program that engages students while discussing the current election

Election Issues

1-to-several day programs, provided in partnership with the Christian Science Monitor, that engage students in one specific issue. We have specialized materials for each of these issues:

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Classroom Activities

These activities can be applied to multiple subjects across the curriculum, including Language Arts, Speaking and Listening, Social Sciences, Government and Civics

School Toolbox

Check out our variety of tools that can be integrated into any educational program, such as our:
  • multi-perspective breakdown of news, issues and topics
  • a specialized Search that shows results filtered from the left, center and right
  • online tools and offline guides for dialog and civil conversations
  • bias quizzes, surveys and ratings to help students understand bias in themselves, others, in social networks and the media
  • and more.

Common Core

How AllSides fits into the Common Core standards:

Some useful information about Common Core from other sources:


This non-profit program, provided by Living Room Conversations and AllSides, fosters skills in critical thinking, civil dialog, research and collaboration.

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Can you discuss politics or controversial topics in a classroom?

Yes, if you do it the right way. AllSides for Schools makes this possible.

Here is the problem. Sometimes political and cultural issues can become very personal and divisive, pitting groups of people against each other. Educators don’t want to offend anyone or create a division within the school community, but they know that controversy and division are a part of this world.

Educators need to prepare students for these challenges.

Students need to learn how to sort through mass media and social networks, think critically about the issues, and engage with each other in a healthy and positive way, even when there are differences in opinions and backgrounds.

AllSides for Schools helps educators teach these valuable lessons and skills. With its unique focus on maintaining healthy relationships and revealing multiple points of view across the political spectrum, it also avoids the potential pitfalls and internal controversies around bias or disrespecting individual beliefs.


Contact Us to Sign-Up   See Overview of School Program