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Socratic Education Workshop: Education for Self-Governance Across the Curriculum

This two-day professional development workshop is best suited for Middle and High School Social Studies and English Language Arts teachers.


The Bill of Rights Institute Socratic Seminars immerse teachers in the experience of Socratic practice, while exploring the tools and preparation that they can bring back to their own classrooms. In this two-day workshop, with a Dinner & Discussion in the evening between, participants will not only learn about, but also engage in Socratic practice to build confidence in dialogue-based pedagogy. 

Some highlights of the agenda include: 


  • Examining and Partaking in Dialogue Activities
  • How to support successful Socratic discussion in the classroom. 
  • Building Class Culture, Selecting Texts, Cultivating Engagement 
  • Developing Tools for Assessment and Evaluation, and Qualities of Effective Questioning and Good Reasoning

Participants will surface and practice identifying the skills students need for quality dialogues – logic, text analysis, question formation. A key objective of the workshop is to help build and develop confidence in dialogue-based instruction for teachers and help examine skills that can do the same for students.  Teachers will participate in Socratic circles, and perform a meta-analysis of the pedagogical approach, trace the academic studies that undergird it, and take away skills for conducting effective dialogue-based practice with their students. 


At this time, the Bill of Rights Institute is planning to host in-person programming in the fall of 2020 but we plan to closely monitor the public health conditions and state and local guidelines related to the COVID-19 pandemic. We will do our part to keep our participants and communities safe and if travel or gathering is ill-advised at the time of the program, we will explore alternative programming, and host online opportunities for professional development. 


Details will be provided to participants if these changes become necessary. 


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