From Peggy Sparks - A Two-Day Deliberative Pedagogy Workshop Held at Miles College, Fairfield, Alabama

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A two-day Deliberative Pedagogy workshop was held September 21st and 22nd, 2016 at Miles College in Fairfield, Alabama. The workshop, titled Deliberative Pedagogy: Transforming Teaching and Learning...Elevating Student Achievement, featured interactive and dynamic processes aimed at increasing student engagement and improving content literacy skills.

Organizer, Peggy Sparks, described the workshop in a flyer sent to participants in advance of the workshop: "...Deliberative pedagogy involves teaching and learning that focus on academic, social, moral and civic learning. You will also experience a mini-deliberative forum entitled, Making Ends Meet: How Should We Spread Prosperity and Improve Opportunity? Please bring your laptop, Ipad, tablet or phone to facilitate group activities..."

Workshop participants were also asked to watch the video, Deliberation in the Classroom in advance of attending the workshop as a way to familiarize themselves with deliberative forum design.

Sponsors of the workshop included: Miles College, the Kettering Foundation, National Issues Forums Institute, Birmingham City Schools, and the UAB Regional In-Service Center. For more information about this and other deliberative forums work in Alabama, contact Peggy Sparks at

The following are some photographs from the workshop.