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Online Course: Preparing for the Election, Part 2
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 Export to Your Calendar 9/23/2020 to 10/2/2020
When: Sept. 23, Sept. 29, Oct. 2, 2020
5pm-7pm Eastern, 2pm-4pm Pacific
Where: Online Course
United States

Online registration is available until: 10/2/2020
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This cost includes all three presentations. Registrants can choose to sign up for the live presentations and discussions, or can choose to receive the recording of the presentations after they've passed. Note: the recordings will only include the presentation portion, not the discussion portion.


Event Description

CSEE's first online course on Preparing for the Election saw enthusiastic feedback and requests for more sessions. We've gathered two new presenters--Adam Ortman and Santana Inniss--along with previous speaker Kristen Farrington to address different facets of preparing for the election. Their session descriptions are below.

All presentations will be about an hour, followed by an hour for Q&A and discussion in small groups. We will meet via Zoom.



Wednesday, September 23, 2020


+ Why do conversations get contentious? 

+ What happens in our brain when our deepest beliefs are challenged?

+ Practice, practice, practice - Be intentional about giving students time to practice and hone 5 key dialogue skills

+ 5 activities you can bring into your classrooms this week


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.).



Tuesday, September 29, 2020


Mindful Communication Strategies for Election Season

This session will draw on mindfulness and Nonviolent Communication strategies to teach participants ways to stay regulated, self-aware, and skillfully responsive when discussing issues they care deeply about. We will also offer ways to introduce these strategies to students, so that classroom discussions are more empathic and satisfying.


Adam Ortman is the Mindfulness Director at St. Andrew’s Episcopal School, an independent K-12 school in Austin, TX, where he works to design and implement mindfulness curricula for students, faculty, and parents at the school. Adam has been practicing mindfulness meditation since 2007, including over a year of intensive retreat. He received a Masters of Divinity degree from Harvard Divinity School, for which he focused on secular applications of contemplative practices. 




Friday, October 2, 2020

From deep fakes to incels, from memes to echo chambers— it’s harder now than ever to discern fact from fiction online. This is especially true for youth who are coming of age in what some are calling the post-fact era. After this workshop, you’ll walk away with the latest information on online trends impacting young people, resources for fact checking, and tools to teach healthy skepticism and critical thinking online. 


Santana Inniss is a forward-thinking, tech-savvy marketing leader and a 10-year social/digital industry veteran. She has worked extensively with non-profit and issue communications clients to drive impact and meaningful change online. She holds a master's degree in Integrated Marketing Communication from Northwestern University.  







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