Impact Snapshot: Park County School District, Cody, WY
The Essential Partners training really opened up my eyes about seeking to understand, not seeking to convince or to persuade… it has changed the way I teach controversial issues.
Mitch Espeland, Social Studies Teacher
For several years, Essential Partners has collaborated with educators, students, school leaders, and parents at Park County School District in Cody, WY. This video highlights one educator, Social Studies teacher Mitch Espeland, who has applied EP's dialogic framework in his own classroom to foster conversations about tough issues, as well as the impact that EP's training has had on one student.
“Since the training my freshman year, I incorporate civility into my life every day,” says Park County High senior Ida Tallen. “The training made it a natural habit. Working with Essential Partners, I really learned the importance of listening to others and understanding what they're saying before you respond.”
EP has developed effective approaches for classroom learning as well as school- and district-wide culture change. If you're interested in learning more about how to bring dialogue to your context, here are a few next steps:
- Workshop: Dialogic Classroom for Secondary School Educators (July 12-14, PED credit available)
- Check out the Secondary School section of the EP website
- Read impact stories about our work in schools around the country
- Browse and download our free resources, including exercises and syllabi
- Schedule a free consultation with an EP expert