Workshop – Difficult Conversations: Skills and Tools for Facilitating in the Classroom
March 12, 2024 at 4:00 pm – 6:00 pm
Date: Tuesday, March 12, 4:00-6:00 pm ET
Description: Managing difficult conversations–with students, colleagues, parents–is a daily part of life for most educators. Whether you have planned for a controversial conversation in your classroom or a controversial topic has emerged spontaneously in the course of (what you thought was) a non-controversial discussion, it’s not always clear how best to facilitate thoughtful exchanges when tensions and emotions run high. This interactive session introduces– and gives you the chance to practice with–several tools and skills you can use to shift a conversation’s dynamic from debate and argument to dialogue focused on the development of understanding. You will also have the opportunity to exchange facilitation ideas and strategies with others in the workshop, expanding your repertoire of ways to respond when controversy emerges in your context. NOTE: This interactive session is a follow up to the Controversial Topics 1 and 2 workshops (see previous descriptions), though it may be taken independently.
Facilitators: Tina Blythe, DKP Director of Professional Learning and Adrianne Billingham Bock, DKP Director of Curriculum