Civil Dialogue as a Classroom Management Strategy

Last updated May 13, 2018

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Last Updated

May 13, 2018

Civil Dialogue as a Classroom Management Strategy

Last updated May 13, 2018


Learn about practical tools that you can use to engage students in a civil discussion about controversial topics. During this interactive webcast we will discuss your role in facilitating meaningful conversations and have the opportunity to practice two communication frameworks, including:

  1. Open The Front Door (OTFD) to communication
  2. The A.C.T.I.O.N framework

Who should attend?

Anyone concerned with free speech presenting problems in classroom environments, or anyone who would like resources on how to be more intentional about preparing for and addressing sensitive topics, should attend this training. This includes faculty, faculty developers, student services staff, administrators, etc.

Note: This training is primarily designed for face-to-face education rather than the online classroom.


Understanding the instructor’s ROLE in meaningful conversations

In this short introduction, we’ll tell you how to build trust and set students up for success by unpacking personal identities, biases, and privileges, as well as recognizing resistance and knowing what to do with it.

Practicing the O.T.F.D. and A.C.T.I.O.N. Frameworks

Have you ever had a negative comment derail a classroom discussion or had an incident of hate speech spiral out of control?  In the bulk of the webcast, you will see and get the chance to practice in writing the use of O.T.F.D. and A.C.T.I.O.N. communication frameworks to gain the confidence and tools needed to help address the tension between free speech and civility during difficult dialogues.