Meaningful Dialogue in Turbulent Times: Success Strategies for Educators in San Diego

Success Strategies for Educators in San Diego.

Attention secondary school educators in San Diego: Essential Partners is bringing its unique and time-tested dialogue training—designed specifically for secondary school educators—to San Diego, August 3-4 2017! Want to be able to lead a conversation about the most contentious and polarizing issues without being contentious or polarizing? Want to create a “bold space” for deep, meaningful conversation that challenges students and adults to be present for people who think and speak differently than they do?

As the intensity of our national politics continues to strain our ability to talk constructively about issues like immigration, race, human sexuality, and America’s place in the world, the need for educators to be equipped with tools to lead courageous conversations is vital. We all know what it feels like to have a constructive, thoughtful, and respectful conversation. What is less widely known is that cultures of communication can be taught, scaled, and replicated. Our schools are being asked to live out the fullness of our diversity. Do we as professional educators and our students have the tools to do that?

The workshop days will be co-facilitated by:

Bob Stains, Senior Associate at Essential Partners. For the past 23 years Bob has created constructive conversations on sexual orientation, religion, race, abortion, social class, gender, firearms and other divisive issues within and between local, national and international organizations.

Scott Silk, Founder, Hands of Peace, an interfaith organization developing peace-building and leadership skills in Israeli, Palestinian and American teens through the power of dialogue and personal relationships. Scott is also a teacher at Pacific Ridge School in Carlsbad, CA where he teaches Middle East History and Diplomacy, Ethics, American History, Ancient World History, Model UN, Golf, Service Learning

Essential Partners' 2-day, highly interactive training takes you inside the workings of how and why some conversations are so difficult to navigate, and teaches you strategies and tools for managing even the most polarizing topics as a teacher, administrator, school community member, and citizen. Interested in a scholarship to help offset the cost of participating? If so, please email Katie Hyten at

Watch Executive Director Parisa Parsa's call-to-action video for all educators in Southern California.







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