Addressing Elephants: Safely engage in difficult conversations, a one-day workshop with NSRF Director Michele Mattoon on July 16, 2019
After being interviewed by Drew Perkins for his TeachThought podcast (see previous blog post here), NSRF Director Michele Mattoon was invited to collaborate on a one-day workshop on July 16, a precursor to Grow 19, a three-day conference on July 17-19, 2019, in Louisville, Kentucky.
Within this daylong event, participants will engage honestly about topics that often provoke strong feelings on many sides of the issue, such as equity in education, high-stakes testing, etc.
Rather than leaping to blame or calling for specific solutions, instead you will be guided to:
Really listen for understanding when others present views different than yours
Explore more precisely what you feel and why you feel it
Articulate thoughts around your feelings in a non-judgmental, non-personal way
Reflect on perspectives, stories, and experiences different from yours
Surface common beliefs and values that are shared in a larger group of people
Nurture feelings of understanding, respect, empathy, and/or friendliness with others as a result of in-depth, honest, open conversations.
For more information about the conference as a whole or just this daylong event facilitated by NSRF director Michele Mattoon, visit WeGrowTeachers.com/grow19