Learn to facilitate discussions on controversial issues and address AI in education.
The Structured Academic Controversy teaches students to consider and discuss different perspectives on a controversial issue. This protocol helps students build critical thinking skills and learn to discuss in a productive and civil manner.
This workshop delivers 2 valuable protocols to foster classroom discussion. To learn about the additional 18, check out our full course offering for Grades 6-12 and Higher Education instructors and leaders.
After the workshop you’ll be able to:
- Define “discussion” in relation to other types of student talk.
- Implement an easy student share protocol.
- Plan and facilitate a Structured Academic Controversy either in person or online.
- Implement a Super Statement discussion protocol that requires synthesis of key concepts.
- Begin conversations with your colleagues about the emerging place of AI in the classroom and the resulting centrality of discussion.
- Understand key insights on the role of discussion in the new era of AI in education.
A Discussion Project Workshop –The Structured Academic Controversy
The Discussion Project’s highly interactive workshop, with a focus on Structured Academic Controversy, teaches instructors a tried-and-true method for having students discuss controversial issues in a safe and productive manner. The workshop also addresses the role of discussion in the new era of AI in learning environments.
2 hour online workshop focusing on Student Academic Controversy and AI in the classroom.
Educators in grades 6-12 and instructors in higher education. Enroll as an individual, with your colleagues or entire department.
Participants will receive a The Discussion Project Certificate of Completion which may be used for continuing education credit (2 hours).
No workshops currently scheduled.
If you’d like to set up a workshop for your school, team or district, please contact us for flexible dates and times.
What is Structured Academic Controversy (SAC)?
Structured Academic Controversy is a cooperative learning and discussion structure that teaches students to consider different perspectives on a controversial issue. In a SAC, students read closely, think critically, assemble arguments, listen, and speak as they engage with a controversial issue.
A SAC is not a debate; it is a discussion. Through implementation, it teaches the skills of discussion, requiring and guiding students to listen carefully and build a more nuanced understanding about an authentically engaging issue.
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