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Discussing Controversial Issues in the Classroom
Staff Development
Special Student Event
Lesson materials and readings provided with professional development. Intensive and workshop-style; follow-up also available. No.

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Discussion of controversial issues in the classroom is one of six promising approaches recommended by The Civic Mission of Schools report. The Constitutional Rights Foundation and Center for Education in Law and Democracy offer one-day professional development seminars that help participants to (1) define controversial public issues, (2) develop norms for controversial issues discussions, (3) apply criteria for selecting issues, (4) use effective models for classroom discussion, (5) engage reluctant students in discussion, and (6) consider ways of assessing controversial issues discussions. During the seminar, participants have the opportunity to participate in discussions on two locally chosen topics; classroom-ready materials on the topics are provided.

Laurel Singleton
Consultant, Constitutional Rights Foundation/CELD
1174 Maple Drive
Broomfield, CO 80020
Fax: 720-204-8401
Website: Constitutional Rights Foundation

Website: Center for Education in Law and Democracy