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In light of the upcoming presidential election, the climate in the classroom has the potential to be difficult.
Contact
Elizabeth H. Simmons, Dean, Lyman Briggs College & Associate Provost for Faculty and Academic Staff Development
Phone
517-353-6486
Email
esimmons@msu.edu
Website
http://aan.msu.edu/node/70
In light of the upcoming presidential election, the climate in the classroom has the potential to be difficult. The following resources were curated with the collaboration of Paulette Granberry-Russell of the Office for Inclusion and Intercultural Initiatives, Melissa McDaniels of The Graduate School, and Jim Lucas of the Office of the Associate Provost of Undergraduate Education.

MSU Resources

Learn at Lunch Series:  Facilitating Difficult Dialogues

(program flyer pdf here)
Sponsored by the Office for Inclusion and Intercultural Initiatives, the Office of the Associate Provost for Undergraduate Education, and the Academic Advancement Network
Thursday, October 13, 12:00 - 1:30 PM in 222 Erickson Hall
 
Participants will learn effective strategies for facilitating difficult dialogues on current social and cultural issues in the classroom (e.g. climate change, stem cell research, politics, racism). Participants will also have the opportunity to discuss ongoing issues in the classroom related to this topic and problem-solve with colleagues.
 
Moderator: Dr. Jessica Garcia, Sociology; Panelists: Dr. Austin Dorell Jackson, RCAH and Dr. Gerald Urquhart, Lyman Briggs College and Dept. of Fisheries and Wildlife
 
 

Academic Advancement Network Resources

Books available in the AAN Office Library

To borrow any of the following titles, stop by Room 308 of the Hannah Administration Building.

  • Brookfield, Stephen D. The Discussion Book: 50 Great Ways to Get People Talking.
  • Chickering, Art (Foreword)   Encountering Faith in the Classroom: Turning Difficult Discussions into Constructive Engagement
  • Nash, Robert J. How to Talk About Hot Topics on Campus: From Polarization to Moral Conversation.
  • Nash, Robert J. Start Talking: A Handbook for Engaging Difficult Dialogues in Higher Education.
  • Roderick, Libby. Stop Talking: Indigenous Ways of Teaching and Learning and Difficult Dialogues in Higher Education.
  • Wheatley, Margaret J.  Turning to One Another: Simple Conversations to Restore Hope to the Future

 

Categories of the Online Instructional Resources Database

 

Other MSU Resources

 

Bias Busters: Guides to Cultural Competence

i3 Education and Training Opportunities

Ideas for Disciplinary Content

Office of Institutional Equity Policies

Promoting Inclusion in Academic Environments

To My Professor: Student Voices for Great College Teaching

 

External Resources

 

ELECTIONS

Teaching and Learning in a Tense Election Season

Election 2016: Lesson Plans and Digital Resources for Educators

Producing and Consuming the Controversial--A Social Media Perspective on Political Conversations in the Social Science Classroom (article)

  • Andersson, E. (2016). Producing and Consuming the Controversial–A Social Media Perspective on Political Conversations in the Social Science Classroom. JSSE-Journal of Social Science Education, 15(1), 6-16. 

 

BIAS AND RACE

#Charlestonsyllabus

#FergusonSyllabus

Learning to Talk about Race in the Classroom

Project Implicit (Implicit Bias)

Promoting Racial Literacy in Schools: Differences That Make a Difference

  • Book by Stevenson, H. C. (2013). Teachers College Press.

Responding to Incidents of Hate Speech

Teaching Tolerance

 
 

GENERAL RESOURCES

Difficult Dialogues Guide

Difficult Dialogues Handbook, Strategies and Resources

Handbook for Facilitating Difficult Conversations

Inclusive Practices for Managing Controversial Issues

Inviting Dialogue

Managing Challenging Moments in the Classroom

Mindfulness and Discussing "Thorny" Issues in the Classroom (article)

  • Alexakos, K., Pride, L. D., Amat, A., Tsetsakos, P., Lee, K. J., Paylor-Smith, C., ... & Smith, T. (2016). Mindfulness and discussing “thorny” issues in the classroom. Cultural Studies of Science Education, 1-29.

Toolkit for Inclusive Learning Environments

Visit the Resources for Difficult Dialogues in the Classroom Website »