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High School Educator Cohort: Professional Development Workshops (Fall 2022)

Sep 20, 2022 - Dec 15, 2022

This free workshop series allows educators to collaborate with other educators to leverage tools that connect students across differences.


Join the Constructive Dialogue Institute (CDI) and other high school educators looking to create healthy learning environments.


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 sensitive subjects?

Join the Constructive Dialogue Institute (CDI) and other high school educators looking to create healthy learning environments. CDI derives practices from evidence-based research that helps students develop the skill set and mindset to engage in constructive dialogue across diverse perspectives.

This free series of interactive professional development workshops will allow you to explore classroom practices, resources, and ideas that can help you foster student learning through constructive dialogue this school year.


Jake Fay 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.



Educators should select one workshop from each session. There are limited spaces available.

Session 1: Preparing for Constructive Dialogue

If you missed Session 1, you can catch up by watching the video recording here.

Session 2: Supporting a Constructive Dialogue Classroom

  1. Oct. 18th, 6-7 PM ET

  2. Oct. 19th, 7-8 PM ET

  3. Oct. 20th, 3-4 PM ET

Session 3: Supporting Students to Engage in Constructive Dialogue

  1. Nov. 15th, 6-7 PM ET

  2. Nov. 16th, 7-8 PM ET

  3. Nov. 17th, 3-4 PM ET

Session 4: Intervening in High-Pressure Moments

  1. Dec. 13th, 6-7 PM ET

  2. Dec. 14th, 7-8 PM ET

  3. Dec. 15th, 3-4 PM ET

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