Teaching Controversial Issues with Dr. Judy Pace
Join us at LA Plaza de Cultura Y Artes for a day of collaboration and learning from Dr. Judy Pace.
which includes coffee & snacks,
opportunity for year-long collaboration, and
a copy of Hard Questions
You can get more information about Dr. Pace's project at teachingcontroversies.com/
Teaching controversial issues is an essential part of educating democratic citizens for a multiracial society, but many students do not have access to this democratic learning opportunity. Additionally, teaching controversial issues is especially challenging in our contentious political climate. How can social studies teachers, both new and experienced, undertake this vital but demanding work? This workshop, facilitated by Dr. Judy Pace, will provide participants with inspiration and a toolkit of concepts and
strategies for classroom practice. First, we will hear a brief presentation on research and key concepts. Then we will work with a research-based framework for reflective practice that
includes building a supportive environment, selecting and framing “open” (vs. “settled”) issues, choosing resources and pedagogies, guiding discussion, communicating with stakeholders, and
addressing emotions. We will look at examples of core strategies. Finally, we will discuss factors that support or constrain teaching controversial issues and learn about a collection of valuable
resources for teachers. Participants will be encouraged to share their experiences, responses, and suggestions so we can all contribute to a collaborative, enlightening, and useful session.
Dr. Judy Pace is Professor of Teacher Education at the University of San Francisco. A former middle school teacher and researcher-developer at Harvard Project Zero, she teaches courses
in learning & teaching, teaching for diversity and social justice, curriculum controversies, and curriculum development. She conducts qualitative research on social studies education and her
latest book is Hard Questions: Learning to Teach Controversial Issues (2021, Rowman & Littlefield).
Learn more at https://www.usfca.edu/faculty/judith-pace