Facilitating Civil Discourse: Resources for Educators
Author / Organization
University of Michigan: Center for Research on Learning and Teaching
This article outlines strategies and approaches for supporting older students (e.g. 9-12th or post-secondary) in discussing difficult and intense topics.
Facing History and Ourselves
This guide provides suggested activities and ideas that support both teachers and students as they develop the critical skills necessary for civil discourse.
Fostering Civil Discourse (In order to download the free guide as a PDF you will need to create a log-in with the non-profit organization, Facing History and Ourselves)
ASCD | Ranjit Sidhu
This article includes a variety of teaching resources designed to help educational professionals facilitate learning experiences and classroom conversations related to civil discourse. *Additional resource links are included in the article.
(January 8, 2021)
Sara K. Ahmed (Author of Being the Change, Heinemann, 2021)
This Google Slides presentation provides an example and template from educational author, Sara K. Ahmed, that can be used to facilitate discussions with students about current events that are tragic, difficult, traumatic, and/or disturbing.
Slide Deck *When you click on this link, you will be prompted to make your own copy in your Google Drive.
Jess Lifshitz (5th-Grade Teacher & Speaker)
This Google Doc provides a framework and structure for facilitating an online (or even face-to-face) discussion with students around current events / news. This framework and structure are best suited for upper elementary and middle-school students.
Asking Questions As News Unfolds *When you click on this link, you will be prompted to make your own copy in your Google Drive.
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