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Professional Learning Workshop Registration

“Empathy and Empowerment Through Discourse”: a Professional Learning Workshop for Local Educators

Date: Thursday, September 19th, 2019
Time: 1-4 p.m. (doors open at 12:30 p.m. for check-in and networking)
Location: Anna Irvin Dining Hall at the University of Montevallo
Intended Audience: middle and high school educators (but open to all)
Cost: free
To Register: Click Here!
**Note: advance registration required for educators to receive PL certificates**

Join us for our upcoming professional learning workshop on Thursday, September 19th, from 1-4 p.m. to learn about cultivating student empathy and empowering young voices through discourse and classroom debates. In this 3-hour workshop, hosted by the University of Montevallo, participants will hear from Birmingham civil rights advocate Lisa McNair. Lisa’s sister, Denise McNair, was tragically killed in the 16th Street Baptist Church bombing in 1963. Lisa works full-time at a nonprofit organization, and in her spare time, works to promote civility and reconciliation. Partnering with Lisa is her friend and fellow dog-enthusiast, Elizabeth Wood-Weas, Director of Speech and Debate for Mountain Brook Schools.

Following a Q&A with Ms. McNair, participants will have an opportunity to engage in an interactive panel discussion on diversity and inclusion in the classroom with University of Montevallo faculty, staff, students, and other guests.

Finally, participants will learn creative ways discourse can be used in any middle school or high school class through a presentation led by Ms. Wood-Weas. In addition, educators will leave with adaptable lesson plans to facilitate classroom learning that builds listening and speaking skills while boosting overall student confidence.

Additional Information:
  • Participating educators will receive a certificate for 3 hours of PL credit at the completion of the course
  • Light refreshments served during the workshop
  • Door prizes at the end
  • Parking passes available if needed

Individuals needing disability-related accommodations for this workshop should contact the host department or Disability Support Services at (205) 665-6250 or as early as possible. Efforts will be made to accommodate all access requests regardless of timing, but the University cannot guarantee that requests made with less than one week’s notice can be met.