OUR VISION

Touchstones strives for a world where all people advance mutual understanding, engage in creative problem-solving, share leadership, and build community through collaborative discussion.

OUR MISSION

Touchstones transforms education. In Touchstones programs, people of all ages and backgrounds learn to speak intentionally, listen actively, think reflectively, and share leadership. These are tools for life.

What is a touchstone?

The materials offer authentic stories as a springboard for class discussion. I appreciate the diversity of materials.

B. Gaye, Canyon Ridge Elementary, San Antonio, TX

A touchstone is ancient tool used to determine the contents of rare minerals. It is also an idea or concept that sparks thinking and reflection. It is something against which we can compare our ideas and opinions.

In Touchstones programs, the touchstones include the ideas and experiences of the participants, the discussion process itself, self-reflection and group evaluation, and the ideas raised in the short primary-source texts embedded in each lesson. Texts in Touchstones represent many genres, cultures, and traditions. They are selected specifically for how they support participant skill development in discussion participation, cooperation, active listening, and shared leadership.

Touchstones’ work in education is foundational for a future where our vision of an inclusive, community-centered world is realized.

Our Impact

Researched in Pittsburgh, Maryland, New York, and Delaware, Touchstones proven results and highly engaging format have made it an attractive tool among adult groups as well. Today, our programs reflect 35 years of research and development from thousands of implementation sites.

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