Discussing Controversial Issues: When Classrooms Are Contentious

https://www.tc.columbia.edu/democracyready-ny/

To be prepared for civic life, students must learn to engage in productive conversations with people who hold positions different from their own. In this era of political polarization, teaching controversial issues is both more important and more difficult than ever. This webinar will explore the challenges of taking on contentious current issues in the classroom—including educators’ fear of pushback from parents and administrators. Panelists will discuss promising strategies to ensure teachers are prepared and supported in all schools and districts. And they will consider actions parents, students, educators, and policymakers can take to ensure these important civic learning opportunities are available to all New York students.

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