Since 1984, Touchstones’ mission has been to foster understanding, leadership, and community through discussion worldwide. We’ve partnered with New York City schools since the early 1990s. Today, our impact spans all 5 boroughs of New York City as well as schools and communities around the globe. All Touchstones materials are Common Core-aligned and approved by the New York City Department of Education and Student Editions are eligible for purchase using NYSTL funding.
Get Your Free Teacher’s Guide for a Limited Time!
Our Teacher’s Guides provide a yearlong workshop to educators – offering strategies to strengthen participation and address the barriers to inclusive discussion in your classroom. Get a free Teacher’s Guide when you order a class set of any Touchstones volume by September 30, 2022.
In Touchstones, all students unlock their voices, experience the value of their own thinking, and discover a sense of belonging and purpose. Our programs democratize education to prepare your students for academic success and civic engagement in a global 21st century world.
The Touchstones Method
No prep before class for students
Diverse, primary source texts are short and adapted for each grade level
Structured process systematically builds speaking and listening skills
Students have multiple options to engage and participate
Unique evaluation tools that foster individual and group growth
Impactful strategies to build community and share leadership
Touchstones is research-based and refined by over 38 years of teacher feedback – so we know how powerful it can be! Here’s what schools report about student growth across grade levels after just one year using the program.
of students improved critical thinking skills
of students took greater responsibility in the discussion
of students improved active listening skills
reduction of school-wide instances of bullying
NYSTL Ordering Tips
It’s easy to order Touchstones volumes for your classroom using NYSTL approved funding!
To help make this process as fast & easy as possible, please see the following guidelines with tips and information to use when placing an order for Touchstones materials through ShopDOE.
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Shipping & Handling
Additional Shipping & Handling does not need to be added to the Purchase Order when using the textbook contract or NYSTL finds. Materials reviewed and approved by the New York City Department of Education are available under the textbook contract. These items and their prices can be found at ShopDOE.
NYC SCHOOLS USING TOUCHSTONES INCLUDE:
Fredrick Douglass Academy I & II, Columbia Secondary, TEP Charter, Lehman, Amber Charter Schools, Harlem Academy, Secondary School for Journalism, and more!