Session:  Engaging in Difficult Conversations

Presenters:  Kathleen McLean and Markeia Robinson

Participants will explore the following in the Engaging Difficult Conversations Workshop: Discussions about race, racism, White privilege, colorism, socio-economic status, gender, sex, racial identity and other topics tend to be difficult conversations. These conversations are challenging because they can yield strong emotions when opinions differ. This workshop will be a safe place to learn new tools and practice responding rather than reacting that allows the dialogue to continue for everyone involved. Learn a highly effective model to engage in difficult conversations utilizing the FIRR (Fact, Impact, Respect, and Request) tool.  Identify the four types of listening (Inactive listening, Selective listening, Active listening, Reflective listening). Prepare and practice for high-risk conversations. 

Grade Levels:  PreK-12

Format:  Workshop

Number of Participants:  50 or less

Areas of Focus:  Culturally-Responsive Design, Restorative Practices, Equity
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