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New Resources on moderating deliberative discussions (in-person and online) in communities, on campuses, and in classrooms

Over 180 people from 143 organizations in 43 states and several other countries participated in the National Issues Forums Institute’s workshop on moderating deliberative discussions in communities, on campuses, and in classrooms—in both in-person and online settings.  The workshop served as an introduction for new moderators and as a refresher and deeper dive for those who are experienced.  In addition to overviewing what has been learned about effective moderator practices, a wide range of materials were shared that can be adapted for use in locally-organized workshops.

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Meet the 2021-2022 Recipients of the Elizabeth "Libby" Kingseed Teaching with Deliberation Memorial Awards

Congratulations to the 2021-2022 recipients of the Elizabeth "Libby" Kingseed Teaching with Deliberation Memorial Award, Lisa Bietau and Brandon Thornton. The following is more information about this year's recipients.

                                                                Brandon Thornton

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Online Forums for College Students During National Week of Deliberation

Experience a full week of online Common Ground for Action (CGA) deliberative forums exclusively for college students. The forum series aims to connect college students from across the country in deliberation in a way that maximizes the opportunity for students to hear different views and opinions from peers living and attending college in different parts of the nation.

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National Initiative on Voting

During the National Week of Conversation in June, National Issues Forums (NIF) launched its national initiative on encouraging and safeguarding voting with opportunities for people from across the country to participate in online National Issues Forums on the issue. NIF practitioners moderated the forums and provided opportunities for participants to delve more deeply into the issue in multiple breakout discussions.

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