Why Choose Close Up for Professional Development?
“I now have new ideas on how to approach controversial topics and how to do it via Zoom for online learning!” –Teacher, Katy, TX
As experts in both virtual and in-class instruction with almost 50 years of experience in nonpartisan, issue-centered education, Close Up offers professional development trainings, both online and on-site, that provide middle and high school teachers with the strategies and resources needed to engage students in meaningful discourse about current controversial issues.
With the election year now behind us, and schools rebuilding their communities and norms, we believe there is an opportunity to create a more thoughtful, values-based approach for navigating divisive political and social issues. The School Leader Institute is intended to help educators across the country create a strategic vision that supports an inclusive school climate, fosters open and authentic dialogue and deliberation amongst our diverse student bodies, and addresses the demands of parents, board members, and other stakeholders.
Dates: Wednesday July 28 – Friday, July 30, 2021 | 3:00–6:00pm (EST) / 12:00pm–3:00pm (PST)
Application Deadline: Applications due by June 4, 2021. Successful candidates will be notified by June 15, 2021.
Cost: $650 per educator.
Our innovative PD sessions are relevant, impactful, and informed by Close Up’s decades of expertise, helping teachers navigate challenging conversations about social and political issues. Each PD includes ready-to-use lesson plans, activities, and digital resources designed to promote thoughtful discourse, critical thinking, and engagement with multiple perspectives on issues. All sessions below can be adapted on the basis of school curricula and grade levels.
Navigating Challenging Conversations at School
This training is designed to help teachers and administrators across all disciplines frame and respond to discussions about complicated social and political issues. In this session, you will:
Facilitating Productive Civil Discourse in Your Classroom
Teachers will gain insight on how to integrate productive issue discussions into their curricula, receive direct instruction on using Close Up’s Controversial Issues in the News digital resources, and learn how to improve students’ ability to engage with differing perspectives. In this session, you will:
Media Literacy and Citizenship
Teachers will examine the concepts of media literacy and participate in activities that help students engage with a wide range of media sources, read critically, apply media literacy concepts to social and digital media, and identify efforts to mislead. In this session, you will:
Using a proven framework for action from Close Up’s IMPACT and Empowering Girls’ Voices programs, teachers will learn to foster students’ civic and political efficacy and help them take real-world action on issues they care about. In this session, you will:
30-Minute On-Demand Workshops