Building the skills, knowledge, and disposition for young people to stay productively engaged with current issues is a critical element in strengthening our democracy. This is all the more true in a polarized political environment which may not always show positive examples for problem solving, communication, civility, and their ability to make a difference.
Our students need to learn how to:
- Express an opinion while leaving room for someone else’s viewpoint
- Stay engaged when they may not feel directly affected or still have information to learn
- Critically examine their own assumptions as well as the implicit and explicit message of the media
- Listen to those who hold different beliefs from their own and try to understand others’ points of view while developing the language and knowledge to respectfully disagree
In this workshop, learn how to create a classroom which builds these skills. Participants will use specific Facing History strategies to engage in difficult conversations, build critical thinking skills, develop greater empathy, and reflect on civic responsibility. Participants will be able to consider how to integrate this into their own classroom. Resources to be used include Facing Ferguson, Fostering Civil Discourse, and our new Current Events page.
After this workshop you will:
- Become part of the Facing History educator network, with access to a rich slate of educator resources, including unit and lesson plans, study guides, and multimedia
- Be able to borrow books and DVDs through our online lending library at no cost