Training Tools to help people listen and learn together
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The following resources have been developed by Common Knowledge in partnership with libraries and literacy programs across California. We share the view that everyone has a right to quality information, the ability to learn and talents to nurture and share. With this "growth mindset", we've selected the most relevant training tools for fall 2020:

  • Voter Education Toolkit
  • News Literacy Toolkit
  • Basic Dialogue and Facilitation Skills

Let us know what else you would find useful to help people Listen Together and Learn Together, which puts them on the path to Lead Together.

Voter Education

The updated fall 2020 edition of the nonpartisan Key to Community Voting Participation Toolkit provides adult educators, librarians and anyone working with new voters with strategies, key concepts, links and a complete workshop outline that can be adapted for classes and one-on-one tutoring sessions. You can also download the Voting Key Concepts Slides to use or adapt for your own program. To do a deeper dive on the propositions, download the What is on My Ballot Slides.

The links scattered throughout this site are listed here in one place:

List of Non Partisan Voting Election Resources Links.

For more information and resources, visit the California Library Literacy Services special projects page for the Key to Community Project.

News Literacy

This News Literacy Toolkit was designed by librarians and has several resources for finding sources you can trust. The main presentation explains why the way we get news has changed so much and provides helpful tips for finding neutral information in the midst of ads, fake news and entertainment.


At the 2018 California Library Association Conference, Common Knowledge partnered on a presentation and dialogue with skilled facilitation leaders. Here are highlights from that session that help clarify the difference between being a presenter and a conversation leader. The team emphasized the essential role of preparation and practice.

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