New Perspectives Deliberation Training

Our New Perspectives deliberation trainings prepare secondary teachers from across content areas to master the use of deliberative discussion in their classrooms in order to build positive relationships across differences. 

New Perspectives was designed in response to reports from teachers that their communities and classrooms feel divisive and polarized and that students (and adults) struggle to talk and listen to one another.

Deliberation teaches people how to discuss controversial issues by carefully considering multiple perspectives and searching for consensus. In preparation for deliberations, all participants read common, balanced background information on the issue. During the discourse, they offer arguments for each position on a contested public issue, first drawing from the text and then bringing in their own experiences. 


Deliberation Training

Street Law can provide training for teachers in your school or district to become expert facilitators in deliberative discussion. Deliberations are suitable for all secondary grade levels and many content areas. Our interactive trainings will always include participation in a deliberation and opportunities for teachers to discuss and adapt the process. We can also add in sessions connecting the deliberative process to social and emotional learning, interdisciplinary effective practices, and/or initiatives from your school or district. 

We can also provide training to support bringing deliberations to broader school communities. Community deliberations support civic engagement and foster public dialogue across differences.


2018-2019 Pilot Program

26 New Perspectives teacher fellows were selected from the Denver, CO, Washington, DC, and Omaha, NE, metropolitan areas to participate in the program's inaugural year. The fellowship aims to provide teachers with training to help people with different beliefs and backgrounds converse with one another about important issues in a civil and productive way. 

The teacher fellows participated in a training institute with experts in the field. Upon returning home, the fellows organize and facilitate four deliberations for students; two of the four deliberations will include adult members of the wider community deliberating with and alongside students.

Free Resource Library

Street Law's Free Resource Library include free deliberation materials, as well as dozens of Supreme Court case studies, moot court materials, lesson plans, and more.

At the conclusion of the 2018-2019 Pilot Program, Street Law will add several additional deliberations to the Free Resource Library.

Free Resource Library

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Jen Wheeler

Director, Teacher Professional Development Programs & Curriculum