Bridging The Divide:
How to Navigate Difficult Conversations in the Classroom
Thursday, November 9, 2023, Erie 1 BOCES Center, 8:00AM-3:00PM
In a 2022 New York Times and Siena College poll, one in five voters said that politics hurt their friendships and family relationships. What's more, a 2022 UCLA study found that such political conflict has increasingly found its way into our schools.
Perfect for secondary ELA, Social Studies, Technology, Librarians, and school administrators, the goal of this event is to equip and inspire educators with the tools they need to navigate political discussions in the classroom and show that we aren't as divided as our politics might suggest.
Featuring keynote addresses from Paula McAvoy, professor and author; Matthew Levendusky, political scientist and author of Our Common Bonds: Using What Americans Share to Help Bridge the Partisan Divide; and Monica Guzman, Senior Fellow at Braver Angels and author of I Never Thought Of It That Way: How to Have Fearlessly Curious Conversations in Dangerously Divided Times. The conference also includes break-out sessions.
Registration includes three books, CTLE credits, a catered lunch, and more importantly, the confidence on how to teach about the most divisive issues of our time.
Educators, please consult your district bursar for CoSer payment options that may be available. CTLE certificates will be distributed at the end of the conference.
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Paula McAvoy earned her PhD in philosophy of education in 2010 at UW-Madison’s Department of Educational Policy Studies. Since then, she has worked as an assistant professor at Illinois State, an associate program officer at the Spencer Foundation and as the Director of the Center for Ethics and Education at UW-Madison. Prior to this, she taught high school social studies for 10 years at the Foothill Middle College Program in Los Altos, California.
Monica Guzman is Senior Fellow for Public Practice at Braver Angels, a nonprofit working to depolarize America, founder and CEO of Reclaim Curiosity, an organization working to build a more curious world; and author of I Never Thought Of It That Way: How to Have Fearlessly Curious Conversations in Dangerously Divided Times.
Matthew Levendusky is professor of Political Science at University of Pennsylvania. He was previously the Penny and Robert A. Fox Director of the Fels Institute of Government, Distinguished Fellow in the Institutions of Democracy at the Annenberg Public Policy Center, associate professor, and assistant professor of Political Science at Penn, as well as a postdoctoral research associate at the Center for the Study of American Politics at Yale University. He obtained his Ph.D. from Stanford University in 2006, and his BA from The Pennsylvania State University in 2001. Since 2014, he has served as a decision desk analyst for NBC News.