Critical Conversations & Civility

in a Digital World

Helping Teachers & Students Have Tough Classroom Conversations

What Should I Expect?

This FREE workshop is designed for teachers of all grade levels (with differentiation) to provide actionable strategies to take back to the classroom to help students construct sound arguments while remaining respectful to the ideas and opinions of others. Participants will participate in activities, readings, discussions, and more while working through ways to help students enter a world where talking about race, religion, and politics is no longer something we can (or should) avoid. We'll tackle tough topics, historical and modern, and think about how we interact with them with students in age-appropriate ways, both online and in person.

Calling all classroom teachers, instructional coaches, teacher leaders

Monday, April 8th, 9am-3pm

1235 5th Avenue South

Fort Dodge, IA

  • Lower Level Conference
  • Lunch on your own
  • Bring a device to work on

Connect Across Content!

Diverse perspectives and well-researched arguments cross content areas! We'll explore connections to ELA, Social Studies, Computer Science, the ISTE Technology standards, and more!

Presenter: Leslie Pralle Keehn

Rough Draft Agenda:

9:00-9:30 Introductions (to each other and to the work)

9:30-11:30 Group Activity, Discussion, Classroom Application

11:30-12:30 Lunch

12:30-2:30 Breakout Group Activity, Discussion, Classroom Application

2:30-3:00 Resource Sharing, Closing, Evaluation

Resources will include Teaching Tolerance, Edutopia, Facing History, and more!


Contact Leslie Pralle Osborn at for questions or for more information!