Empower Political Discourse Dialogues in Your School


Tuesday, July 21, 2020
Location: Virtual, using Zoom
9:00 a.m. - 12:30 p.m.

Pictured, left to right:
Kent Lenci, Middle Ground Solutions, and Rob Munro, Concord Academy


  • Welcome and Introductions, facilitated by Becky Biggs, Director, Professional Development, AISNE: 9:00 - 9:10 a.m.
  • Ice Breaker Activity: 9:10 - 9:30 a.m.
  • Explore Strategies for Empowering Students to Listen Deeply and Speak Openly: 9:30 - 10:00 a.m.
  • Apply Strategies to Model Scenarios: 10:00 - 11:00 a.m.
  • Break: 11:00 - 11:15 a.m.
  • Discuss and Reflect on Scenario Experiences: 11:15 - 11:30 a.m.
  • Examine Additional Use Cases: 11:30 a.m. - 12:00 p.m.
  • Debrief the Work | Discuss Tools You'll Bring to Your School: 12:00 - 12:20 p.m.
  • Closing Reflections and Farewell: 12:20 - 12:30 p.m.

AISNE Workshops include takeaway content, tools and resources. Program recordings will also be provided to support asynchronous and follow-up participant engagement. These resources are summarized and provided on a password accessible web page.

Registration Options

To order this workshop for asynchronous learning:

Please use this form. In advance of completing the form, please prepare a spreadsheet you will attach as part of your submission. It should list each person who will be asynchronously participating. Columns: First Name, Last Name, Title (Role), School Name, Email Address. AISNE will invoice you and deliver the assets to your participants upon receipt of your payment.

Virtual Format Rates:

  • Member Schools: $99 per person, or $89 per person for 3-4 participants and $75 per person for 5+ participants*
  • Non-Member Schools: $149 per person, or $139 per person for 3-4 participants and $125 per person for 5+ participants*

*To utilize our Group Savings Rates, please designate one person from your school to register all participants at the same time. If you have a question about this, please contact Betsy O'Brien, Manager, Program & Communications, AISNE.

About This Workshop

The 2020 U.S. presidential election has passions running high. It will coincide with a new school year launching amid a pandemic, with systemic racism also on the forefront of student and educators' minds.

Join this workshop to consider the anticipated political discourse questions and challenges coming your way as an educator this fall, and how you can best support open, honest, empathetic and constructive conversations within your school.

In this workshop attendees will:

  • Explore the value of intentionally supporting this work
  • Think about the essential questions, tensions and contingencies for which you should prepare in advance of returning to school
  • Gain approaches for empowering students to listen deeply and speak openly
  • Be inspired to welcome the common scenarios that will come your way

About Our Facilitators

Kenti Lenci
Kent Lenci has twenty years experience as a middle school teacher, coach and administrator, beginning at Beaver Country Day School and more recently at Brookwood School. His work has been recognized with a Margot Stern Strom Innovation Award from Facing History and Ourselves, as well as the NAIS Teacher of the Future honor. Kent has presented at local and national conferences and written about connecting students across the political divide. He serves on the advisory board of AllSides for Schools, an organization focused on preparing students for thoughtful participation in democracy — and in life, and contributes in a similar way to the Better Arguments Project. Kent is founder of Middle Ground School Solutions, which is dedicated to helping schools honor political and ideological differences.

Learn more about Kent, here.

Rob Munro
Rob Munro joins Concord Academy this summer as Dean of Academic Program and Equity. In this newly-configured senior administrative position, Rob will oversee the academic program and lead the institution’s diversity, equity, inclusion and social justice efforts. This work includes the development of personal responsibility in cultural competency institution-wide, and an awareness of thoughtful stewardship of our world and its critical resources. Most recently, Rob taught in the History Department at Middlesex School since 2012, and directed the school’s Global Studies program since 2016. Rob serves as co-president of The Robbins House, is a member of the Board of Governors at the Concord Museum, and an appointed member and clerk for the Concord Center Cultural District Committee.

Learn more about Rob, here.