Professional Development Training

EDUCATING FOR PLURALISM: Professional Development Training

Pluralism is an ethic of respect for diversity. In a pluralistic society, the dignity of each person is recognized and everyone feels they belong.

Educating for pluralism responds to the challenges and opportunities of a changing, diverse and connected world by answering the question: How do we foster a positive understanding of and engagement with diversity?

Grounded in our evidenced-based Learning Framework, the Global Centre for Pluralism’s Professional Development Training will help educators:

  • Learn about pluralism and experience working through different perspectives
  • Build the knowledge, skills and attitudes to respond positively and engage with diversity
  • Develop strategies to integrate pluralism in their teaching and specific educational contexts and institutions.

Available through the Centre’s learning platform, MOZAIKO, this global training will involve six weeks of moderated, interactive, self-paced sessions.

Sample outline of our initial training:

SESSION 1: Introduction to Pluralism

• Explore identity, identity development and multiple identities in relation to engaging with difference.
• Introduce different ways an individual might conceptualize difference and build intercultural sensitivity.
• Introduce pluralism and connect it to each participant’s context.
• Explore participants’ motivations to rethink their assumptions about the purpose and nature of their societies.

SESSION 2: Educating for Pluralism

• Introduce the Educating for Pluralism Learning Framework and Key Elements.
• Identify the different ways that “hardware” and “software” can challenge or reinforce group-based inequalities in different contexts.
• Reflect on ways that historical events are taught that may divide, empower, exclude or include.
• Identify the challenges and possibilities of taking a pluralistic approach to history education.

SESSION 3: Digital Resilience and Literacy

• Consider the impact of online spaces for shaping and challenging narratives about difference.
• Explore the challenges of defining and teaching about free speech and hate speech.
• Outline the primary manipulation techniques that are used on hate speech websites.
•  Identify strategies for using social media as a space for applying a pluralism lens.

SESSION 4: Pluralism and  Dialogue – PART 1

• Identify benefits and challenges of facilitating dialogue across different perspectives.
•  Share strategies for facilitating discussions that allow for respectful disagreement.
•  Introduce facilitation principles for use on and offline when discussing controversial issues.
•  Define strategies for addressing power imbalances and bringing in perspectives that are not present.

SESSION 5: Pluralism and Dialogue – PART 2

• Apply dialogical skills and understandings of identity, power and privilege to discussions on complex social and political issues.
• Apply skills to work respectfully through different perspectives, disagreements and conflicts.
• Develop strategies to work with discomfort, disagreement and conflict.

SESSION 6: Pluralism in Practice

• Apply a pluralism lens to an educational issue to advance pluralism, locally and globally.
• Explore possibilities and constraints of defending and promoting diversity, recognition, inclusion, belonging and diversity in different classroom contexts.
• Engage concretely on ways that participants might affect change, and how pluralism can impact teaching and learning.

PROJECT TRAJECTORY

In 2020, the Centre is piloting its Professional Development Training. To realize this project, we are seeking a wide range of partners. We invite expressions of interest to join this effort.

To learn more about the Education Program, contact the Education team at [email protected]