Format: This course is in-person
Dates: June 24 – June 27, Monday – Thursday
Time: 12:30 – 2:30 p.m.
In a student-centered and conversational setting, students will examine the national and world headlines that unfold throughout the summer. Students will develop and refine the 21st century skills of critical thinking, collaboration, and communication. Reading with diligence, recognizing bias, linking historical connections, and exploring events from a variety of sources and viewpoints will be molded and encouraged as articles and topics are examined. Students will discuss and debate their own perspectives within an inviting conversational context – an experience that is sure to boost confidence as a new school year approaches. The Harkness Model, a highly engaging method for cultivating class conversation, will serve as the basis for student engagement and discussion. Students will be gently guided down the path of healthy and effective civil discourse – a worthy pursuit in our world today. Active listening, positive body language, respect for alternative views, clear articulation of viewpoints, confidence, presence, and poise are all elements of the Harkness model. The Choices Program from Brown University will help provide students with background knowledge on the many issues impacting the world today.