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Deliberation vs. Debate: The Case for a Consensus-Driven Approach to Teaching Controversial Issues

Deliberation vs. Debate: The Case for a Consensus-Driven Approach to Teaching Controversial Issues
March 24, 2022 1:00 PM - 2:00 PM EDT
1 hour
Grade Level Grades 6-12, Professional Development


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Traditionally, informed debate has been the way that students are asked to unpack controversial issues and apply their argumentative skills. However, as an adversarial process does debate actually cement or even worsen partisanship and disagreement? Join the Close Up Foundation for insightful information on how, based on 50 years of instructional practice and data-driven techniques, structured deliberation and a consensus-based approach may be the better answer for educators and administrators aiming to address the pressing issues of modern life without amplifying partisan divides and potential repercussions.

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Available for one-hour of PD credit. A certificate of completion will be available for download at the end of your session that you can submit for your school's or district's approval.

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Sante Mastriana is the Curriculum Design and Professional Development Specialist at the Close Up Foundation. Sante works with groups of teachers from across the country and has presented in-person and virtual professional development in over a dozen states and multiple professional conferences including the NCSS 2019 and 2020 Conferences. Before coming to Close Up, Sante worked for several years as a social studies teacher for ESL students in the Bronx. Sante attended UPenn for his undergraduate studies, majoring in International Relations and Chinese before earning a Master’s in Education from Hunter College as a member of the New York City Teaching Fellows. Beyond a passion for civic education, Sante is most interested in youth advocacy and education reform and has been featured on WNYC’s The Brian Lehrer Show as an education policy panelist.




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March 24, 2022
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2 Reviews
Opening the dialogue…
Excellent conversation yesterday. We need to find ways to support our teachers and schools in this important work.
March 25, 2022
Deliberation vs Debate
This webinar was needed for all teachers to help them engage in difficult topics! The resources that were available will help every teacher become more of an expert!
Judith Odom
March 25, 2022