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Facilitating Controversial Dialogue: Facilitator Preparation for Leaders is a Course

Facilitating Controversial Dialogue: Facilitator Preparation for Leaders

Ended Jul 1, 2020
2.0 credits

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Full course description

Workshop Dates: Tuesdays on June 9, 16, 23, and 30th from 10:00-5:00 PM (Online)

Intended Audience: While teachers can earn 2 renewal credits, this course is open to the larger community who may not be seeking credit. This course is designed to benefit leaders in education and community settings, including teachers, staff, and students. If you are interested in academic credit at the college level, go to to find additional course offerings.

Course Objectives: Students will be able to examine the complexity of social issues, identify individual barriers to discussing issues and solutions, employ skills to engage in effective dialogues, and contribute to the design of environmental conditions to promote productive controversial dialogue. As a result of this course, you will:

1)      Develop individual skills needed to stay present in and facilitate constructive dialogues;

2)      Experience the environmental conditions that are present in productive difficult dialogues;

3)      Learn how to assess and address defensive behavior when discussing privilege;

4)      Understand the use of specific approaches to explore complex social issues;

5)      Develop the skills to successfully design and co-facilitate Peer Learning Circles.

Workshop Requirements: Complete the assignments as noted on the syllabus.

Workshop Materials: Readings will be provided in electronic form. Instructions for accessing this workshop will be e-mailed to participants on or before the scheduled start date.