Resources for Difficult Dialogues in the Classroom
The climate in the classroom has the potential to be difficult at various points of a semester. The following resources were curated with the collaboration of Paulette Granberry-Russell of the Office for Inclusion and Intercultural Initiatives, Melissa McDaniels of The Graduate School, and Jim Lucas of the Office of the Associate Provost of Undergraduate Education.
Academic Advancement Network Resources
Books available in the AAN Office Library
To borrow any of the following titles, stop by Room 308 of the Hannah Administration Building. Some titles are available electronically through MSU Libraries.
- Brookfield, Stephen D. The Discussion Book: 50 Great Ways to Get People Talking.
- Chickering, Art (Foreword) Encountering Faith in the Classroom: Turning Difficult Discussions into Constructive Engagement
- Landis, Kay (ed.) Start Talking: A Handbook for Engaging Difficult Dialogues in Higher Education.
- Nash, Robert J. How to Talk About Hot Topics on Campus: From Polarization to Moral Conversation.
- Roderick, Libby. Stop Talking: Indigenous Ways of Teaching and Learning and Difficult Dialogues in Higher Education.
- Wheatley, Margaret J. Turning to One Another: Simple Conversations to Restore Hope to the Future
Categories of the Online Instructional Resources Database
- Inclusive Teaching Methods http://fod.msu.edu/oir/inclusive-teaching-methods
- Incorporating Multicultural Content into Your Teaching http://fod.msu.edu/oir/incorporating-multicultural-content-your-teaching
- Teaching for Diverse Populations http://fod.msu.edu/oir/teaching-diverse-populations
Other MSU Resources
Bias Busters: Guides to Cultural Competence
- Website Project of the MSU School of Journalism, College of Communication Arts and Sciences http://news.jrn.msu.edu/culturalcompetence/
i3 Education and Training Opportunities
- Office for Inclusion and Intercultural Initiativeshttp://inclusion.msu.edu/education/index.html
Ideas for Disciplinary Content
- Compiled by the MSU Libraries https://www.lib.msu.edu/inclusiveteaching/
Office of Institutional Equity Policies
Promoting Inclusion in Academic Environments
- Presentation pdf by Jim Lucas, Office of the Associate Provost for Undergraduate Education http://fod.msu.edu/sites/default/files/UGAAD%20Presentation%20Fall%202016.pdf
To My Professor: Student Voices for Great College Teaching
- Book by MSU School of Journalism students and editor Joe Grimm, College of Communication Arts and Sciences https://www.insidehighered.com/news/2016/09/12/new-book-advice-college-instructors-based-thousands-student-comments
Teaching in the Current Political Climate
- Webpage produced by the Center for Research on Teaching and Learning at the University of Michigan http://crlt.umich.edu/node/94910
Teaching and Learning in a Tense Election Season
- Webpage produced by the Center for Research on Teaching and Learning at the University of Michigan http://crlt.umich.edu/node/92763
Returning to the Classroom after the Election
- Webpage produced by the Center for Research on Teaching and Learning at the University of Michigan http://www.crlt.umich.edu/node/93815
Election 2016: Lesson Plans and Digital Resources for Educators
- Resource produced by the George Lucas Education Foundation (online article) http://www.edutopia.org/blog/US-election-teaching-resources-matt-davis
Producing and Consuming the Controversial--A Social Media Perspective on Political Conversations in the Social Science Classroom (article)
- Andersson, E. (2016). Producing and Consuming the Controversial–A Social Media Perspective on Political Conversations in the Social Science Classroom. JSSE-Journal of Social Science Education, 15(1), 6-16.
BIAS AND RACE
- Resource produced by the African American Intellectual History Society http://www.aaihs.org/resources/charlestonsyllabus/
- Resources produced by Sociologists for Justice https://sociologistsforjustice.org/ferguson-syllabus
Eight Actions to Reduce Racism in College Classrooms
- Article by Shaun R. Harper and Charles H. F. Davis III from Academe (pdf) http://aan.msu.edu/sites/default/files/HarperDavis-EightActionsToReduceRacismInCollegeClassrooms.pdf
Learning to Talk about Race in the Classroom
- Resource from Inside Higher Ed.'s Gradhacker (blog article) https://www.insidehighered.com/blogs/gradhacker/learning-talkrace-classroom
Project Implicit (Implicit Bias)
- Project by Harvard University https://implicit.harvard.edu/implicit/
Promoting Racial Literacy in Schools: Differences That Make a Difference
- Book by Stevenson, H. C. (2013). Teachers College Press.
Responding to Incidents of Hate Speech
- Webpage produced by the Center for Research on Teaching and Learning at the University of Michigan http://crlt.umich.edu/node/93036
- Program of the Southern Poverty Law Center. Resources for K-12, but many transferrable ideas http://www.tolerance.org/lets-talk
Difficult Dialogues Guide
- Annotated resources produced by Vanderbilt University https://cft.vanderbilt.edu/guides-sub-pages/difficult-dialogues/
Difficult Dialogues Handbook, Strategies and Resources
- Resources produced by the University of Alaska Difficult Dialogues Project and the Ford Foundation
Handbook for Facilitating Difficult Conversations
- Resources produced by Queens College, City University of New York (pdf) Link to PDF document
Inclusive Practices for Managing Controversial Issues
- Online document produced by Flinders University of Australia http://www.flinders.edu.au/equal-opportunityfiles/documents/cdip/TIPS_controversial.pdf
- Resource produced by Clark University (pdf) http://www2.clarku.edu/difficultdialogues/documents/ClarkUnivInvitingDialogue.pdf
Managing Challenging Moments in the Classroom
- Online Document produced by the Derek Bok Center Staff of Harvard University (online document) http://isites.harvard.edu/fs/html/icb.topic58474/hotmoments.html
Mindfulness and Discussing "Thorny" Issues in the Classroom (article)
- Alexakos, K., Pride, L. D., Amat, A., Tsetsakos, P., Lee, K. J., Paylor-Smith, C., ... & Smith, T. (2016). Mindfulness and discussing “thorny” issues in the classroom. Cultural Studies of Science Education, 1-29.
Toolkit for Inclusive Learning Environments
- Project by the Sheridan Libraries of Johns Hopkins Universityhttp://guides.library.jhu.edu/TILE