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High School Educator Cohort: Professional Development

Mar 22, 2023 - Jun 21, 2023

In support of the Colorado Attorney General office's Ginsburg/Scalia Initiative, the Constructive Dialogue Institute (CDI) is hosting a high school educator professional development series to honor the relationship between late U.S. Supreme Court Justices Ruth Bader Ginsburg and Antonin Scalia. The initiative celebrates respectful dialogue, listening and learning from different points of view, and collaborative problem-solving.



From social media, “cancel culture,” politics, and societal challenges, one thing is evident— polarization in our country is at an all-time high. And as difficulties of our polarized world show up unexpectedly in the classroom, the responsibility to teach students how to address these issues respectfully often falls on the shoulders of educators. So how can educators structure classrooms in a way that welcomes diverse perspectives and minimizes the negative outcomes that can arise from addressing challenging subjects?

Join the Constructive Dialogue Institute (CDI) and high school educators across the country looking to gain new and practical strategies, techniques, and routines that promote greater engagement, inclusion, and belonging while preparing students for democratic citizenship.


  • Session 1: Preparing for Constructive Dialogue
    Wednesday, March 22, 2023, from 5:00 pm - 6:30 pm MT
  • Session 2: Building a Constructive Dialogue Classroom
    Wednesday, April 26, 2023, from 5:00 pm - 6:00 pm MT
  • Session 3: Supporting Students to Engage in Constructive Dialogue
    Wednesday, May 24, 2023, from 5:00 pm - 6:00 pm MT
  • Session 4: Intervening in High-Pressure Moments
    Wednesday, June 21, 2023, from 5:00 pm - 6:00 pm MT

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

Meet CDI’s Professional Development 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.

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