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An Initiative Championed by the
Contra Costa County Superintendent of Schools


Civility is a core value of a well functioning community and one of its defining components. Quality of life depends in great part on how community members treat each other. This initiative will promote the importance of civility in a world becoming less civil, and encourage community members to choose positive and respectful behaviors in their personal and work lives.

What and How?

The initiative is inspired by the work of Dr. P.M. Forni, author of Choosing Civility: The Twenty-five Rules of Considerate Conduct. Through a broad-based, collaborative effort, the goal is to transform Dr. Forni's concepts into a concrete plan that can be easily integrated into the culture of government, businesses, organizations, schools, neighborhoods, and families throughout the community.


The Twenty-five Principles of Considerate Conduct

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  1. Pay Attention
  2. Acknowledge Others
  3. Think the Best
  4. Listen
  5. Be Inclusive
  6. Speak Kindly
  7. Don’t Speak Ill
  8. Accept and Give Praise
  9. Respect Even a Subtle “NO”
  10. Respect Others’ Opinions
  11. Mind Your Body
  12. Be Agreeable
  13. Keep It Down (and Rediscover Silence)
  14. Respect Other People’s Time
  15. Respect Other People’s Space
  16. Apologize Earnestly
  17. Assert Yourself
  18. Avoid Personal Questions
  19. Care for Your Guests
  20. Be a Considerate Guest
  21. Think Twice Before Asking for Favors
  22. Refrain from Idle Complaints
  23. Accept and Give Constructive Criticism
  24. Respect the Environment and Be Gentle to Animals
  25. Don’t Shift Responsibility and Blame


Civility Initiative Resolutions Passed (by City) Date
Oakley * 2/14/12
Lafayette * 3/12/12
Antioch 2/14/12
Walnut Creek 2/12/12
Martinez 2/12/12
San Pablo * 3/22/12
Concord * 4/3/12
El Cerrito 4/17/12
Pleasant Hill 5/7/12
Civility Initiative Resolutions Passed
(by School District)
CCCOE/Board of Education 1/2012
Liberty Union High School District 5/9/12
John Swett Unified School District 5/9/12
West Contra Costa Unified School District 5/9/12
Pittsburg Unified School District 5/9/12
Byron Union School District 5/10/12
San Ramon Valley Unified School District 5/10/12
Oakley Union Elementary School District 5/16/12
Walnut Creek School District 5/21/12
Antioch Unified School District 5/23/12
Brentwood Union School District 5/23/12
Mount Diablo Unified School District 6/4/12
Knightsen Elementary School District 6/13/12
Canyon Elementary School District 6/19/12
Lafayette School District 6/21/12
Moraga School District 8/21/12
Martinez Unified School District* 9/10/12
Orinda Union School District 9/10/12
Acalanes Union High School District 9/10/12
Miscellaneous Date
Contra Costa Council 2/12
32nd District PTA 2/12
Interview with Jim Caroompas; Martinez 2/22/12
Contra Costa County Supervisors 5/22/12
Contra Costa Times, Tom Barnidge (columnist) "What a Quaint Notion—a Return to Civility" 7/5/12
FECCC BTSA Induction Program~Liberty Union HSD/Todd Airola Far East Contra Costa BTSA Induction Coordinator 8/25/12
Clayton Valley Charter High School* 9/12
Contra Costa Local Planning and Advisory Council for Early Care and Education (LPC) 11/12
Pittsburg Chamber of Commerce 3/13

*Personal presentations made at city council meetings




The CCCOE gratefully acknowledges the Stanislaus County Office of Education for their work on this initiative.


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