Civil Discourse: The Need for Challenging Conversations

Civil Discourse: The Need for Challenging Conversations is a day-long teacher seminar that will be held at the Michael Klahr Center on the campus of the University of Maine at Augusta on Thursday, March 15th from 8:30am to 4pm. The  seminar will be led by HHRC Program Director David Greenham and Joe Schmidt, the Social Studies Specialist for the Maine Department of Education. Participating teachers will be eligible for 7 contact hours toward re-certification.

$75 per participant. Lunch is provided.

Print/Mail OR Download/Email a completed HHRC registration form found here: Civil Discourse Registration Form. Registration deadline is March 8.
*Note: Registration is limited to 25 participants. Limited travel stipends are available for participants traveling 80 miles or more from Augusta. 

The morning session will begin with a presentation of the data and research that supports the educational value of having conversations focusing on issues of civil discourse within our educational institutions. This will be followed by a structured academic controversy exercise focusing on the story of Maine’s Malaga Island, when in 1912, a mixed-race community of about forty-five people was evicted by the state of Maine from an island just off the coast of Phippsburg. The story has been a source of controversy since that time, all the way through official apologies by Governor Baldacci in 2010, and just last year by Governor LePage. The afternoon session will provide an opportunity to teachers to begin to create their own classroom lesson plans on civil discourse, using tools provided by Teaching Tolerance, which is a program of the Southern Poverty Law Center.

Daily schedule:

8:15 – 8:45 – Arrive, Refreshments, Snacks

8:45 – 9:00 – Introductions

9:00 – 10:15 – Why Have the Conversation? Data and Research

10:15 – 10:30 – Break

10:30 – 11:15 – Structured Academic Controversy (SAC) – Malaga Island

11:15 – 11:45 – Group Discussion/Feedback

11:45 – 12:15 – Using SAC and/or Malaga Island in Your Classroom

12:15 – 12:45 – Lunch

12:45 – 2:15 – Using Teaching Tolerance – Critical Practices for Anti-Bias Education

2:15 – 2:30 – Break

2:30 – 3:15 – Lesson Plan Creator

3:15 – 3:30 – Wrap Up, Final Thoughts

For more information about this event, please call the HHRC at (207)621-3530.