Why Choose Close Up for your Staff Development?
“I now have new ideas on how to approach controversial topics and how to do it via Zoom for online learning!” –Teacher, Katy, TX
As experts in both virtual and in-class instruction with almost 50 years of experience in nonpartisan, issue-centered education, Close Up offers professional development trainings, both online and on-site, that provide middle and high school teachers with the strategies and resources to engage students in meaningful discourse about current controversial issues.
Close Up’s Professional Development Sessions
Our innovative PD sessions are relevant, impactful, and informed by Close Up’s decades of expertise, helping teachers navigate challenging conversations about social and political issues in all types of classroom settings. Each PD includes ready-to-use lesson plans, activities, and digital resources designed to promote thoughtful discourse, critical thinking, and engagement with multiple perspectives on issues. All sessions below can be adapted based on school curricula, objectives, and grade levels.
Gain a wealth of resources and up-to-date materials
Close Up’s trainings not only provide educators with effective strategies for promoting inclusion and collaboration, but also with classroom-ready resources that inform and guide students’ thinking to help teachers facilitate civil classroom discussions on current controversial issues.
These nonpartisan resources fit into a variety of classroom settings. Teachers can easily use these materials on their own or choose to enhance their students’ civic education by pairing them with:
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