Beyond the Classroom: Texas City High’s Empowering Experience at Student Legislative Seminar

March 2-7 saw twelve students and three teacher chaperones from Texas City High School in Washington, DC for one of the Institute’s Student Legislative Seminars.  This is the 13th time Texas City has participated in this program, and with chaperones who have experienced the trip before on hand with us again, the trip just keeps…

The Institute for Civility Unveils Refreshed Brand Identity

The Institute for Civility Unveils Refreshed Brand Identity

Same Mission, New Name The Institute for Civility in Government has simplified our name to the Institute for Civility. Our mission remains steadfast: to facilitate dialogue, teach respect, and build civility in both the public and private spheres. Our vision is to see a day when civility is the norm for all of us where…

Institute for Civility Hosts Student Legislative Seminar June 3-8

June 3-8 found us back in DC – this time with students from Palacios High School (TX) and Wharton High School (TX). This student trip was underwritten by two area foundations who like to focus their support on their local communities. It is through the generosity of these organizations that we have been able to…

Texas City High School Attends Student Legislative Seminar March 24-30

The Institute was thrilled to bring our Student Legislative Seminars back to Washington, DC this spring. March 25-30 found us there with 11 students from Texas City High School, Texas, along with three school chaperones. This trip has been sponsored by the local Texas City Rotary Club every year now for twelve years (with the…

Institute Co-founder Honored by SCLC

HOUSTON–Institute for Civility President & Co-founder Cassandra Dahnke received the SCLC Civic Engagement Award on July 22. The Leadership Conference cited the Institute’s work to promote civility, teach civility skills, and create opportunities for people to put those skills into practice through real-life civic engagement. In particular, the Leadership Conference commended the Institute’s work to…

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Houston’s Furr High School Wins $10 Million XQ Grant

Does civility matter? Yes it does. In 2001, Dr. Bertie Simmons came out of retirement to become the principal of Houston’s Furr High school when no one else wanted to take the reigns. Six years later, concerned that gangs were ready to take over the school, Simmons called on us at the Institute and asked…

Students Build Community and Collaboration: High School Students from Palacios and Wharton Join Together in Civic Education Experience

Houston, TX, June 10, 2016 – Five students from Palacios High School and six students from Wharton High School participated in a Student Legislative Seminar trip to Washington, DC, with the Institute for Civility in Government (ICG) on June 4-9. These Seminars teach students about how to be involved in the governing process while maintaining…

Civility Linkblogging: Pushing on the Limits of Civility

Civility Linkblogging: Pushing on the Limits of Civility

Civility Linkblogging is an ongoing series that highlights discourse about civility from around the Web. We glean the links in this segment from as broad a cross-section as we can manage of blogs, newspapers, magazines, and other online venues, from the United States and around the world. This installment offers two compelling arguments that the…