Classroom Tools for Everyday Empathy and Civil Discourse

November 7, 2017
Classroom Tools for Everyday Empathy

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Classroom Tools for Everyday Empathy and Civil Discourse

One year out from a divisive election, there is continuing conversation about the need to foster civil discourse: in our government, in our media, and in our classrooms and communities. How can we create spaces in our classrooms to understand and engage with a diversity of identities and perspectives? How can we foster reflective civic engagement, especially in times of divisiveness?


In this one-day workshop, we will model strategies designed to help you as educators navigate these challenging times and support your students in developing effective skills for empathetic understanding of differing perspectives, as well as ways to think about civic participation. We hope that you can share these strategies with students so that they can be active participants in creating spaces where they can better listen, empathize, and engage in the world around them.


In this workshop, you will:

  • Discover new interdisciplinary teaching strategies that provide space for diverse viewpoints; establish a safe space for sensitive topics; encourage active, engaged listening; and foster student reflection
  • Explore topics such as identity, membership, and choosing to participate
  • Engage with discussion strategies that support the discussion of current and controversial conversations in the classroom

After this workshop you will become part of the Facing History educator network, with access to a rich slate of educator resources, including downloadable unit and lesson plans, study guides, and multimedia resources.


This workshop is intended for upper middle and high school social studies, English/Language Arts and humanities teachers.


Breakfast and lunch will be served, and teachers will receive 7 clock hours for full participation.


Wells Community Academy High School
936 N. Ashland
Chicago, IL 60622
November 7, 2017
8:30 am - 3:30 pm

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