"Facilitated dialogue creates a classroom atmosphere in which exploring uncomfortable issues and asking difficult questions is an expected part of the process, and it allows students space to engage each other without fear of the vitriol common in our public discourse."
I now lead teams with a different language, using different processes, and with a different awareness of team dynamics. [I’ve seen] relationships grow and deepen, unity and commitment remain high, and mutual respect established and fostered.
Lauren Cobb, Task Force Member
Glendale Presbyterian Church, California
I've realized how putting out my ideas affects the way other people share, and I've become much more curious about others people's perspectives.
Randolph College (VA)
EP's approach has given me some tools to deal with what comes up in my classroom. I teach classes about charged topics. As I’m thinking about and exploring ways to broach these conversations with students, I use this.
Secondary School Teacher
Race in America: A Free Dialogue Guide from Essential Partners
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EP in the News: Revving up the ‘curiosity engine’ in inclusive class discussions
“Dialogue shifts the focus from the teacher as the source of all information to the students as the co-creators of ideas, conversation and curiosity,” John Sarrouf tells District Administration. “And the moment you know that it’s working is when a student turns toward another to ask a genuinely curious question to understand more about what the other student has said.”