Constructive Deliberation Resources

Constructive Deliberation is rigorous, respectful discussion for the purpose of making
well-informed decisions that can be implemented successfully and sustained.

Capacity for Constructive Deliberation strengthens relationships, builds collaborative culture and contributes to staff well-being and professional fulfilment. The skills and strategies of Constructive Deliberation can be used at an organizational or personal level by staff and students.


Click on the image above for a PDF document that explains the origin, purpose and contents of these Constructive Deliberation resources.

This web site contains a variety of free resources from the Centre for the Study of Educational Leadership and Policy (CSELP).

Graphics or underlined text link to a PDF or video file.  All PDF files can be downloaded.

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The Tool Kit

You can access the 39 PDF files in the Tool Kit in two ways - using a simple file list or a list aligned to the Conceptual Framework - by clicking one of the links below.

Tool Kit documents are intended to help individuals or groups increase their capability for productive discussion and effective decision-making, particularly in relation to contentious issues.  They are brief so they can be used for individual reflection, as a discussion starter for a group setting or in a workshop.

Overview of Concept and Resource Tool Kit

START HERE.  This is a brief video introduction to the origin, purpose and content of the resources found on this website.  For a PDF article that provides further detail click here.       

Tool Kit Video 2

Dialogue is a unique form of nonjudgmental communication intended to clarify understandings and interests so that differences can be constructively engaged.  It requires specific attitudes, skills and strategies.

Tool Kit Video 4
Finding Common Ground

When operating in an interdependent context like public education, differences are best resolved by first attempting to address the underlying interests of all parties to the greatest extent possible.

Tool Kit Video 1
Interpersonal Communication

Interpersonal communication is inherently complex and that complexity is exacerbated by many potential psychological pitfalls to which we are all subject.

Tool Kit Video 3
Analytic Frame

Before attempting to resolve a conflict it is important to establish a shared understanding of what is known, what needs to be known and what might be contentious about it;      i.e., an Analytic Frame.          

Tool Kit Video 5
Taking Action 

The only good decision is one that can be implemented and sustained.  Thus, the process of enacting a decision must be considered as carefully as the process for making it.