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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 has been the Editor of Intrepid Ed News since its inception in January 2021, responsible for all educator content on the website. He joined the OESIS Network, owner of Intrepid, in 2019 as Vice President. Joel spent much of his career at Choate Rosemary Hall (CT) where for 27 years he held founding roles in Information and Academic Technology, as well as being a classroom teacher, curriculum designer, coach, dorm head, and student adviser. Prior to Choate, Joel spent 15 years in the printing and publishing industry educating printers on how to maximize their strengths and minimize weaknesses. He has crusaded to achieve consensus on the question of why we educate kids in an effort to meet the learning needs of every student.