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Helpful resources for promoting reflective, positive discourse

10 Tips for Facilitating Classroom Discussions for Sensitive Topics,” article by Alicia L. Moore and Molly Deshaies
  Helpful “how-to” article for educators that offers ten steps for facilitating classroom discussion. Includes a guide for students using the word SENSITIVE as an acrostic.

Pedagogy of Privilege,” TED Talk by Justin Ford   
Great discussion of the multidimensional model of privilege, including how we all have privilege and getting beyond “finger pointing” to how to use our privilege to help others gain privilege.  Instructors can also have students sign a privilege pledge over a discussion board or in a print out and even display or discuss the handouts--how do we meet our areas of privilege as a way to help others as equals?

Danger of a Single Story,” TED Talk by Chimamanda Adichie

Compelling presentation focusing on how to go beyond stereotypes or “single stories.”  A class discussion could include times when students have been misunderstood by a “single story” in their lives, as well as how to look beyond these and critically reflect.

NPR  TED Radio Hour

Videos and reflection from two people who were raised in intolerant communities. Megan Phelps Roper’s story includes her reflections  20 years later about Matthew Shepard’s legacy. Discussion points might include how students (and citizens) can foster kindness-based discourse even when they are faced with explosive situations. Instructors could also address why social media lends itself to problematic or unkind discourse but how individuals can change that. 

LeaRN Guide for Addressing Controversial Topics in Class
A few resources aimed at helping instructors prepare for “hot moments” in class and assess the effectiveness of class discussion.

LeaRN Guide for Promoting Diversity in Course Plans
A collection of ideas and resources for supporting and honoring students’ diversity and distinct backgrounds through curriculum and class planning.

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