Engaging in Challenging Conversations: A Forum for Independent School Educators

October 31, 2016
Engaging in Challenging Conversations

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Engaging in Challenging Conversations: A Forum for Independent School Educators

Everyday reports of intolerance, bigotry, and hate across the world show how fragile democracy is. How should we engage in difficult conversations in an open, diverse, and democratic society? What does civil and honest dialogue look like? How do we talk across different values and perspectives?

The day will include workshops facilitated by educators from Independent schools and staff from Facing History and Ourselves. Speakers will include Harvard Law Professor Dr. Randall Kennedy, who teaches contracts, criminal law, and the regulation of race relations and Linda K. Wertheimer, author of Faith Ed: Teaching About Religion in an Age of Intolerance.

Our forum partners include Belmont Hill School, Mount Alvernia High School, and Noble and Greenough School. 

Discounts are available for groups of three or more educators! Contact [email protected] for more information. 

Some of our breakout sessions include:

Ferguson and Beyond: A News Literacy Case Study
This session introduces participants to a new unit designed to help students become effective and informed civic participants in a digital age. Using the news and social media coverage of the events in Ferguson, Missouri as a case study, teachers will be prepared to explore the ways that our identities influence our perspectives.

Teaching About Religion In An Age of Intolerance
Join speaker, author, and reporter Linda K. Wertheimer as she shares some insights and practical strategies for talking and teaching about religion and religious differences from her book Faith Ed: Teaching about Religion in an Age of Intolerance.

Social Justice in Action: Students and Boston Activism     
"Activism is hope; hope that one day things will change and our students will be the ones who make the change." Join Mount Alvernia High School educator Jen Staysniak as she shares a Facing History project that was transformative for her students' encounters with activists in the Boston community.

A Historical Lens into a Contemporary Conversation

Participants explore Facing History's unique methodology and teaching resources, The Reconstruction Era and the Fragility of Democracy and Race and Membership in American History: The Eugenics Movement. They will gain insights into best practices for engaging students in conversations about race, justice, and other potentially challenging topics.


Belmont Hill School
350 Prospect Street
Belmont, MA 02478
October 31, 2016
8:30 am - 3:30 pm

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