Workshop: Moderating Common Ground for Action (CGA) forums in the classroom

Jun 26
Jun 26 2020, 1:00pm - 3:00pm EDT

Dr. Kara Dillard
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Common Ground for Action (CGA) is an online tool to support deliberation among students in a single classroom and among students in different classroom communities.  It can be used to engage students with contemporary public issues, historical decisions or other academic content while teaching the skills of careful listening. perspective-taking and weighing different options. Deliberation, the practice at the heart of CGA, has been used successfully used in K-12 social studies, communication arts and science classrooms across the US and around the world. 


There is no software or apps to download; CGA runs in any browser. CGA’s interface is designed to be intuitive enough to allow participants of all ages and levels of tech-savviness to be able to participate with ease.


In order to become a CGA moderator and gain access to the platform for classroom use, teachers must attend one introductory session and a moderator training.  A CGA coach who is also experienced educator, will be available to offer support to teachers who seek a thought partner to assist them in planning to use CGA with their classrooms this fall.




In this two hour, hands-on workshop, we will discuss how to set up a CGA, what the responsibilities of a CGA moderator are, and hacks and tricks for moderating middle and high school deliberative forums. We will then work in partners to set up and moderate a forum. We will conclude with a questions and answers about how to integrate CGA into your classroom.

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