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Educational Experiences

Civic Conversations Virtual Summer Institute 2021

Teachers engage in discussion

How do educators invest in productive, deep, and transformative dialogue in their classrooms?

In community with other educators and expert non-profit partners, explore how community dialogue can be applied to civic issues in multidisciplinary classroom settings. In six half-day sessions with one-on-one coaching and support, you’ll develop a dialogue-based lesson plan for use in your classroom, learn how to create conditions for productive and community-building dialogue, practice your facilitation skills and learn strategies and ideas for dialogue as a pathway to civic engagement.

Who should apply?

In the spirit of dialogic practice, the Civic Conversations project team is committed to cultivating an inclusive and empowering learning community where all people are welcomed and able to succeed. We seek and welcome applications from candidates of varying backgrounds, perspectives, and experiences.

The application is open to:

  • Current educators teaching grades 6-12, who anticipate teaching grades 6-12 during the 2021-2022 school year.

SIX HALF-DAY LEARNING SESSIONS | TWO 1-HOUR ZOOM COACHING SESSIONS | ONE CLASSROOM OBSERVATION & FEEDBACK SESSION

Thursday, July 8 10:00 a.m.- 1:00 p.m EST
Thursday, July 15 10:00 a.m.- 1:00 p.m. EST
Thursday, July 22 10:00 a.m.- 1:00 p.m. EST
Thursday, July 29 10:00 a.m.- 1:00 p.m. EST
Thursday, August 5 10:00 a.m.- 1:00 p.m. EST
Thursday, August 12 10:00 a.m.- 1:00 p.m. EST

PARTICIPANT AGREEMENTS

  • Attend ALL Summer Institute sessions (total of 18 hours) and actively participate and collaborate with other educators and administrators, including some reading and light reflective homework between sessions
  • Agree to allow the Kennedy Institute to share your contact information with fellow participants to support community-building efforts
  • Create and implement one lesson plan or other artifact utilizing dialogic practices to be shared on Kennedy Institute website, and implemented by October 31st of the 2021-2022 school year.
  • Agree to allow one classroom observation of dialogue practices, either in person or in your virtual classroom, by a member of the project team in fall 2021
  • Participation in the Kennedy Institute evaluation process, including completion of a questionnaire before and after the learning sessions, completion of reflective journals between sessions, and participation in an interview or focus group Participate in two Zoom coaching sessions

$1,000 STIPEND INCLUDED FOR PARTICIPANTS

A $1,000 stipend and one-on-one coaching sessions from the Kennedy Institute and Essential Partners are provided for each participant.

Application Deadline: April 23, 2021

ABOUT THE APPLICATION

The application invites you to answer four short answer questions, and requests a letter of recommendation from a principal or school administrator. Please let us know if you have further questions about applying.

PROJECT PARTNERS AND ADVISORS

Essential Partners | Project Partner
About Essential Partners Essential Partners equips people to live and work better together in community by building trust and understanding across differences.

Allyson Bachta | Project Consultant, PhD student, University of Massachusetts Boston, McCormack Graduate School of Policy and Global Studies

Karen Ross | Project Evaluator, Assistant Professor, University of Massachusetts-Boston

CREDITS

The Civic Conversations Summer Institute does not currently offer PDPs, CEUs, or graduate credit. Participants will receive a certificate detailing the number of hours spent in synchronous and asynchronous activities.

ABOUT THE KENNEDY INSTITUTE

The Edward M. Kennedy Institute for the United States Senate is dedicated to educating the public about the important role of the Senate in our government, encouraging participatory democracy, invigorating civil discourse, and inspiring the next generation of citizens and leaders to engage in the civic life of their communities.

QUESTIONS?

If you have questions, please don’t hesitate to reach out. E-mail conversations@emkistitute.org.

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