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Announcing the 2018 National Conference!

Join us in Chattanooga, Tennessee, on October 25 and 26 to explore the theme "How to Speak, How to Listen." In this time of cultural divide and violent partisanship, we believe that these skills are…

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2017 Paideia Institutes in the Mountains

COME VISIT US THIS FALL IN THE MOUNTAINS OF WESTERN NORTH CAROLINA... INSTITUTES IN ASHEVILLE THIS NOVEMBER 2017! We are excited to share with you the upcoming Paideia professional development opportunities -- all scheduled for…

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The Quality of Our Public Discussion

In his 1983 book titled How to Speak, How to Listen, Mortimer Adler wrote the following words, which resonate now more than ever. The Constitution… …may guarantee that public discussion of public issues goes on…

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The Civilization of the Dialogue

In his groundbreaking essay titled “The Great Conversation,” (1952) Robert Maynard Hutchins wrote: “The goal toward which Western society moves is the Civilization of the Dialogue. The spirit of Western civilization is the spirit of…

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One Today

What can we do today? Today, January 20, 2017 is an important and challenging day.  On the one hand it is all we have, the present, to make our best contribution to the planet. On…

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Socratic Seminar on Math Problems

Seminars aren't just for Humanities! Check out a few new Paideia Seminar plans focused on mathematics and measurement for elementary students: https://www.paideia.org/teachers/socratic-seminar-lesson-plans/    

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Start with Listening

Listening is difficult because it requires a focused mind.  It's challenging to discipline our thinking minds, especially for children just starting school. Why not start at the beginning with listening practice? A newly posted seminar…

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Elementary Students in Action

We're excited to share a recent video with elementary students participating in Paideia Seminar.  Thanks to our partner school Brooks Museums Magnet in Raleigh! https://www.paideia.org/teachers/videos/

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Beginning your next school year well

Developing clear and consistent classroom routines is an important step in getting your school year off to a good start. In fact, Harry Wong claims "The first day of school or a class -- even the first…

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7th graders in Raleigh Seminar on HB2

When my colleague (Paideia Faculty Member) Joan Certa-Moore told me that she was going to facilitate a seminar on HB2, I thought “Oh my, there’s a loaded text!” Larry Lesley's students had been working in…

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