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Fostering Dialogue Skills in Students

Oct 13, 2023 - Dec 8, 2023

A half-day training for faculty and staff who want to make dialogue a key component of their course or programming.



This four-hour training prepares instructors and staff with strategies and tools to make dialogue a key component of their course or co-curricular learning environment. The session covers the skills associated with leading in a dialogue-focused setting. Faculty and staff who complete this course will learn about the PSI approach, a model created by CDI that gives facilitators a framework for preparing students for dialogue, supporting them amid dialogue, and intervening if the conversation needs de-escalation.


  • Gain strategies to create a culture of trust for dialogue

  • Examine different ways to support student use of dialogue

  • Learn how to and best practices for intervening in moments of conflict

Upcoming Sessions

*Sessions include a 30-minute lunch and two 15-minute breaks.

  • Friday, October 13th, 11 AM - 4 PM ET
  • Friday, November 17th, 11 AM - 4 PM ET
  • Friday, December 8th, 11 AM - 4 PM ET

For questions, please contact Kourtney Bradshaw-Clay at [email protected].

Meet CDI’s Teaching & Learning Team

Jake Fay, Ed.D., CDI Director of Education
Jake is an educator at heart with years of experience teaching and thinking about civic discourse. He holds an Ed.D and Ed.M from the Harvard Graduate School of Education, an MA in American History from Brandeis University, and is a proud graduate of the Shady Hill Teacher Training Course. Read full bio.

Eliza O’Neil, Ed.M., CDI Senior Curriculum Developer
Eliza is an educator, dialogue facilitator, and curriculum writer. Inherently, her work has centered around bringing communities who might never meet together to forge connections and learn from differences. Before joining CDI, Eliza was a program director for Seeds of Peace, where she ran dialogue and facilitation programs and trainings for young adults and educators across the US. Read full bio.

Registration & Payment

The cost of this training is $250 per participant. Please complete the registration form below.

Once completed, you will be directed to proceed to a payment page. Your registration is not complete until you pay at checkout. *This training is complimentary to CDI institutional partners.

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