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Learning to Bring Deliberation to the Classroom

We recently heard from our organizational partners at the National Issues Forums Institute about an exciting opportunity to learn more about the applications of deliberation work to the teaching profession from the Iowa Partners in Learning. It would be great to see some of our education-oriented members attend. You can read the announcement below or find it on NIFI’s blog by clicking here


“Teaching Deliberatively”
Fifth Annual Workshop
July 21-25 2014

Want students to learn to “deliberate” over important contemporary issues? Want them to learn how “civility” can be better practiced in classrooms and school communities? Then, learn more about “teaching deliberatively.”

  • Learn how to frame local issues for deliberation, and how to convene, moderate, record and report on deliberative forums.
  • Learn how public issues and deliberative democracy come together, using writing to develop civic literacy as authorized by Iowa Core and national standards
  • Learn to bring issue exploration and issue deliberation into school curriculum and community life.
  • Develop a take-home discussion guide.
  • Be invited to share learning experiences in two follow-up sessions – one in the fall 2014 and another in the spring 2015, and
  • Use e-technology for building & sharing a repertoire of tools, materials and lessons for teaching in schools back home.

Priority for tuition-free participation will be given to interdisciplinary teams (pairs) of teachers from the same school or district/AEA.

The one-week Iowa  institute’s curriculum builds on the National Issues Forums Institute’s (www.nifi.org) approach to public issue deliberation, as adapted to classrooms, and blends in the Iowa Writing Project’s unique teaching methodologies. This guarantees a successful learning experience – and increases potential for more civil classrooms, schools and communities.

This institute is a joint project of the Iowa Writing Project at University of Northern Iowa, the Iowa State Education Association, and the Iowa Partners in Learning, with generous support from the Des Moines Public Schools.

A special private grant supports the institute and pays tuition for three hours of UNI graduate credit for each of 25 participants (preference to teams). As an alternative to UNI credit, participants may enroll for license renewal credit. Daily lunches, break refreshments and materials provided.

Dr. James S. Davis of UNI is the principal instructor, and members of the Iowa Partners in Learning team will co-facilitate.

Blog/Website: http://iowapartners.org
Information: james.davis@uni.edu
Registration: https://www.uni.edu/continuinged/distance/courses/summer-2014/11530-english-5133-61

About The Iowa Partners in Learning:

The Iowa Partners in Learning is associated with the National Issues Forums Institute, a program of the Charles F. Kettering Foundation, an independent, nonpartisan research organization rooted in the American tradition of cooperative research into one central question: What does it take for democracy to work as it should? Or put another way: What does it take for citizens to shape their collective future?

For more information, contact Partners in Learning at Gerald@butlerconsult.net.

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An inclusiveness trainer and group process facilitator, Roshan Bliss serves as NCDD's Youth Engagement Coordinator and Blog Curator. Combining his belief that decisions are better when everyone is involved with his passion for empowering young people, his work focuses on increasing the involvement of youth and students in public conversations.

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