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Close Up Conversations: Civil Discourse and Deliberation in the Classroom
The first Close Up Conversation of the new school year will focus on deliberation and civil discourse in the classroom. Our guest will be Dr. Paula McAvoy, Associate Professor of Social Studies Education at North Carolina State University. Dr. McAvoy will share insights from her recent research on how deliberation and consensus-building can help students feel respected when learning about controversial issues and engaging in structured political discussion.

Sep 29, 2021 06:00 PM in Eastern Time (US and Canada)

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Paula McAvoy
Associate Professor @North Carolina State University
Paula McAvoy is an Associate Professor of Social Studies education at North Carolina State University. Her research focuses on empirical and philosophical questions related to the aims and practices of democratic education. She is the co-author with Diana Hess of The Political Classroom: Evidence and Ethics in Democratic Education (Routledge, 2015), which won the 2016 Outstanding Book of the Year from AERA and the 2017 Grawemeyer Award for Education. She leads professional development workshops around the country aimed at helping teachers and university faculty engage students in discussions of controversial political issues. She is currently working with Lauren Gatti on a book project called, Just Teacher: Taking the Ethical Long View in the Profession of Teaching (Teachers College Press).
Mia Charity
Chief External Affairs Officer @Close Up Foundation
Mia Charity is responsible for the Close Up Foundation's fundraising, government relations, and communication efforts. Her work helps support the Foundation's priority to serve students and teachers from all backgrounds, including those from underrepresented and economically-disadvantaged communities. Before her current role, she managed Close Up’s outreach efforts and worked with teachers and schools across the country to participate in Close Up programs.