Fostering Civil and Civic Discourse: Discussing Current and Controversial Issues

Fostering Civil and Civic Discourse

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Fostering Civil and Civic Discourse: Discussing Current and Controversial Issues

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Classrooms should be a place where students learn to exchange ideas, listen respectfully to different points of view, try out ideas and positions, and give—and get—constructive feedback without fear or intimidation. Through engaging in civil discourse, students gain critical thinking skills, empathy and tolerance, and a sense of civic responsibility. This workshop provides tools and strategies to help prepare your classroom, school community and students to practice civil discourse, an essential skill for effective civic participation.


Recommended for teachers of 7th grade or above.


In this workshop, you will:

  • Have the opportunity to explore an art installation connecting to Facing History themes

  • Explore the new IL Social Science standards and ways you can support students in civic readiness

  • Learn about a key Civic practice and resources and ideas for your 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; and

  • Be able to borrow books and DVDs through our online lending library at no cost.


Illinois Educators can earn 7 Clock Hours for full participation in this course.


Scholarships are available for CPS educators and cover all costs except a $10 registration fee payable upon acceptance.


For questions regarding this professional development opportunity, please email [email protected]

Weinberg/Newton Gallery
300 W Superior #203
Chicago, IL 60654
8:30 am - 3:30 pm

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