Civil Discourse in the Classroom: Promoting Social Justice Through Middle and High School Texts

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Civil Discourse in the Classroom: Promoting Social Justice Through Middle and High School Texts

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Course Description: With a renewed push to increase academic performance in the classroom, genuine conversations regarding social justice issues often get pushed to the side for assessments and data collection. While many district mission statements elude to the idea that the purpose of education is to develop a socially-aware citizenry, the space for that learning and development to occur is minimal, at best. For these conversations to occur, teachers need to actively select texts that engage students in critical thinking while also utilizing strategies to create civil discourse surrounding topics which are often controversial. The purpose of this course is to challenge teachers to intertwine purposeful texts and conversations around social justice into their existing curriculum and learning goals. In this class, participants will reflect on the challenges of engaging students in authentic conversations regarding social justice and, at the time same, learn about the necessity of integrating critical consciousness in their curriculum. Participants will learn about privilege, civil discourse, and strategies for fostering conversations the classroom. Participants will share current texts and research others that could be utilized to integrate conversations regarding social justice. At the end of the course, participants will develop an implementation plan for how they will take their learning back to their classrooms.

This is a one credit course.

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Upcoming sections:

August 25, 2019 - September 14, 2019
September 29, 2019 - October 19, 2019
October 27, 2019 - November 16, 2019
December 1, 2019 - December 21, 2019
December 29, 2019 - January 18, 2020
February 2, 2020 - February 22, 2020
March 1, 2020 - March 21, 2020
April 5, 2020 - April 25, 2020
May 3, 2020 - May 23, 2020
June 7, 2020 - June 27, 2020
June 28, 2020 - July 18, 2020
July 19, 2020 - August 8, 2020
August 16, 2020 - September 5, 2020
September 20, 2020 - October 10, 2020
October 18, 2020 - November 7, 2020
November 22, 2020 - December 12, 2020
December 20, 2020 - January 9, 2021
January 24, 2021 - February 13, 2021
February 21, 2021 - March 13, 2021
March 28, 2021 - April 17, 2021
April 25, 2021 - May 15, 2021

Course Fees (🚨🚨FLASH SALE: $35 License Renewal and $135 Grad Credit now through 8/23!🚨🚨):

License Renewal (ISEA member) - $35
License Renewal (non-ISEA) - $35
Para credit - $35
Graduate Credit (ISEA member) - $135
Graduate Credit (non-ISEA) - $135
Audit - $35

If you have any questions or would like to pay with a check, please contact or call 515.381.0588.

Participants are limited to 12 graduate credits per semester (Fall, Spring, Summer).

Cancellation/Refund Policy
All course cancellations or requests to change credit type must be received in writing or electronically at least fourteen days prior to the class start date. All refunds requested before this deadline will be subject to a $40 cancellation fee per course cancelled. No refunds will be issued on cancellations received after this deadline, however, we can move you to a future session of the same course if possible. Iowa Safe Schools reserves the right to cancel any course in the event of insufficient registration, in which case a full refund will be issued. Cancelled courses may be rescheduled at a later date.

Sale Policy
Sales are honored only during the dates the sale is active at the time of your registration. We do not honor current sales for previously registered or completed courses.

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