Dialog and Dignity: Creating Classroom Belonging with Touchstones®
Collaborative discussion is a powerful tool to transform students’ individual and collective understandings and their interactions. In this session, participants will engage in a model discussion that uses a developmental approach to inclusive dialogue. In this model discussion, participants are in the role that students are in during Touchstones® discussions. They will learn strategies to build engagement and psychological safety and to overcome barriers to participation. With discussion evaluation tools, educators explore the role of self-reflection and group assessment in a classroom where all students are active learners, regardless of perceived ability or background.


Participants will 

· discuss traditional (teacher-directed) versus shared-leadership (student-directed) discussions,

· engage in a discussion where each person is learning to share leadership that advances the whole group, and 

· self-reflect and collaboratively evaluate individual and collective efforts in the discussion.

Registrants will be provided with a Zoom link prior to the session.

You must be a current NYSEC member to attend this session. If you're not a member, please click here to join NYSEC: https://www.nysecteach.org/membership/ (If you're uncertain as to your membership status, register here for the session and check the appropriate box below for our Executive Director to contact you.)

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