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When: Monday, October 28th, 2019
Where: Holton-Arms School
7303 River Road
Bethesda, Maryland  20817
United States

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If you'd like to sign up for BOTH this event (October 28th) and our How to Listen Event (October 29th), there is a $25 discount. You will see this ticket option when you go to register.

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Target Audience

 This event is for educators interested in civil dialogue.



Beyond the Zero Sum Game
Having the ability to facilitate dialogue is a key leadership skill for the 21st century. As sharp ideological divisions continue to polarize our communities, we need leaders who have the skills to engage people and communities who hold a variety of legal, ideological, religious and nonreligious perspectives. Our schools and classrooms often mirror society at large, and teachers across the country are struggling to manage contentious conversations in the classroom. Many teachers report that they are avoiding potentially divisive issues all together. As educators, we have a responsibility to help students learn to navigate differences in healthy ways. Teaching students the skills of dialogue and giving them opportunities to practice these skills in the classroom will give them tools and skills to navigate ideological differences and become effective leaders in our pluralistic democracy.

We invite you to join our full-day civil dialogue training session. The workshops will be facilitated by Kristen Farrington, civil dialogue specialist and Assistant Chaplain at St. Stephen’s and St. Agnes School.

The training will focus on:

  • Dialogue Theory – learning the difference between dialogue and other forms of engagement
  • The Essential Skills of Dialogue – learning the five skills of dialogue and practicing classroom activities that can hone these skills
  • Integrating Dialogue into the Classroom – best practices for bringing formal and informal dialogue into the classroom
  • Tips for using the heat - Using the ‘heat’ of dialogue to create space where transformation can happen


About the Presenter

Kristen Farrington is a civil dialogue specialist and the assistant chaplain at St. Stephen's and St. Agnes School. She was previously the executive director of the Religious Freedom Center of the Freedom Forum Institute, where she oversaw the day-to-day operations of the following four program areas: Educating Leaders, Promoting Civil Dialogue, Engaging the Public, and Transforming Schools. From 2012 to 2016, Kristen was the head of programs and partnerships for the Tony Blair Faith Foundation in the United States. Previously, she served as chaplain and department chair of religious studies at St. Paul’s School for Girls in Baltimore, Maryland and St. Timothy’s School in Stevenson, Maryland, and as clergy at parishes in Florida, California, and New York. She is an awarded graduate of Yale Divinity School (M.Div.).




This event will run 9am-3pm, with a lunch break at noon. 

Meals Provided

Lunch and a light breakfast is included with registration.



Holton-Arms School
7303 River Road
Bethesda, MD 20817

The event will begin at 9:00am on Monday in the Simms Reception Room. You're welcome to arrive at 8:30am to enjoy coffee and a light breakfast.


Please see CSEE's Event Policy to learn more about cancellations and refunds.


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