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How To Disagree And Still Be Friends: A workshop with Harvard Fellow Nate Otey, ThinkerAnalytix

Want to help students discuss controversial issues? In this interactive workshop, Harvard Philosophy Fellow Nate Otey shows you how to use a simple, fun assignment called The Disagreement Project to help students learn to listen respectfully and defend their views with evidence — to cultivate both empathy and logical rigor. Research from top universities shows that argument mapping significantly improves students’ critical thinking skills and may even decrease partisan polarization.  


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Joel Backon is the Editor of Intrepid Ed News, responsible for all educator content on the website. He joined the OESIS Network as Vice-President from Choate Rosemary Hall (CT) where for 27 years he held key roles in Information Technology, Academic Technology, classroom teacher, curriculum designer, and roles in academic and student advising. Joel leads the online and professional development initiatives through the Intrepid Ed News website and a variety of other platforms. He has been an OESIS Network Leader since 2015.

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