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Professional Development Program for Educators

Free Speech in the Classroom: Tools for Tackling Tough Topics

Date and Time

January 20, 2024
9 AM — 3:30 PM EST
10 AM — Noon EST (Live Stream of Film Screening)

Location
Cato Institute
1000 Massachusetts Ave. NW, Washington, DC 20001
David Olson
David Olson

Retro Report

Joseph Hogan
Joseph Hogan

Producer, Retro Report

John Samples
John Samples

Vice President, Cato Institute and Board Member, The Oversight Board

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Allan Carey

Director, Sphere Education Initiatives

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The classroom can be a place of learning, wonder, and exploration of challenging ideas. Yet often the most engaging learning environments provide moments for difficult conversations. How can educators manage these tough topics in a way that promotes learning while navigating the challenges of the current education environment?

Sphere Education Initiatives and Retro Report are pleased to invite you to this special, one‐​day professional development event on January 20 to tackle free speech issues and leave you empowered and equipped to engage in difficult conversations in your classroom. Held in person at the Cato Institute and streamed live online, this event will feature:

  • Screenings of the latest Retro Report documentaries on free speech and artistic expression
  • Conversation with the film’s producer and remarks from a leading free speech scholar
  • In‐​person attendees will also receive
    • live workshops from Retro Report and Sphere
    • breakfast and lunch
    • $75 stipend
    • 6 hours of professional development

Please note: the online portion will run from 10:00 AM — 12:00 PM EST

Program

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Arrival, Registration, and Light Breakfast

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Welcome Remarks

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Film Screening, Remarks from Producer, and Keynote Address

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Lunch

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Sphere Workshop

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Retro Report Workshop

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Closing Remarks and Stipend Distribution