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Fostering Productive Conversations in the Classroom with Deidre Combs

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Fostering Productive Conversations in the Classroom:
An Online Discussion with Dr. Deidre Combs

Date: Monday, February 27, 2017
Time: 7:00-8:00pm EST
This online event will take place on Blackboard Collaborate. The link to join will be sent to registrants prior to the event.

In these times of rapid change, big topics are being raised in homes, online, and on the playground. Our students and colleagues are often at a loss as to how to process emotionally-charged topics with those whom they may not agree. How do we create a space in our classrooms where students can productively discuss what might feel undiscussable? How can we tread across cultural and political divides with respect? Employing the formal practice of dialogue can cool a conversation and make it both rich and educational. Using this methodology, we can also teach our students effective communication and the value of understanding multiple perspectives on polemic topics. Join us to learn more about how to bring dialogue into your class or staff room.

About Dr. Deidre Combs

Dr. Deidre Combs is an instructor in the Global Competence Certificate program and has served as a professor at Montana State University for over a decade, teaching intercultural leadership and critical thinking. Since 2007, she has provided intensive leadership training to more than a thousand State Department, Muskie Foundation, and Carnegie-selected students, K-12 teachers, activists, and professionals from just about every country in the world. Dr. Combs serves as a management consultant, executive coach, and mediator to a variety of corporate, government, and NGO clients, including Aveda Corporation, US Postal Service, IBM, Agenda Ciudadana, and Landmine Survivors Network. The author of three books on cross-cultural approaches to resolving conflict and overcoming challenges -- The Way of Conflict; Worst Enemy, Best Teacher; and Thriving Through Tough Times -- her books integrate ubiquitous advice from the world’s lasting cultural traditions with systems theory and brain research. She holds a BA in Mathematics and Spanish from the University of Wisconsin — Madison, a Master’s degree in Information Systems Technology from George Washington University, and a Doctorate focused on world religions from UCS/Naropa University.

About the Global Competence Certificate

The Global Competence Certificate is an online, graduate-level program for K-16 educators, designed to increase the number of educators professionally trained to teach for global competence. Participants have the option of enrolling in the full certificate program, or in single courses. For more information, visit

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