Guidelines for Discussing Difficult or Controversial Topics - University of Michigan, Center for Research on Learning and Teaching
The Rising Priorities of Media Literacy and Civil Discourse: #factsmatter - Teaching & Learning, CSU Channel Islands (Blog Post)
This interview with Beverly Tatum, author of Why are all the black kids sitting together in the cafeteria, helps to contextualize why having difficult conversation in classrooms are timely and relevant.
"Check out these six stand-alone lessons—and the accompanying scripts, video clips, and resource lists—which are designed to serve as guides for this kind of conversation in your classroom." With some adjustment, these lessons can be used across the disciplines.
This site provides suggestions for spontaneous discussions, planned discussions on controversial topics, then walks the reader through considerations from setting up and managing the process.
A range of resources to prepare for these dialogues by learning : the basics, specific tools and strategies and additional resources.
"This website provides strategies, resources, and information about projects that address a wide array of issues and topics, including: fundamentalism and secularism, racial and ethnic relations, the Middle East conflict, religion and the university, sexual orientation, academic freedom, civility in everyday life, and more." There are three handbooks on the topic.
"Diversity and Inclusion in the College Classroom features 20 articles from faculty teaching at a wide range of institutions throughout the United States and Canada.The articles tackle some of the trickiest challenges in creating an inclusive and respectful learning environment
for a community of learners that is growing increasingly diverse."
The second half of this blog post gives important tips and techniques on how a skilled social justice educator engages in these conversations.