5/7/2020 SAIS Webinar

Civil Discourse
Thursday, May 7, 2020
4:00 PM Eastern

While the start of the next school year feels comfortably distant, we’re already in the midst of a polarizing election cycle. Schools can count on political discord and ideological differences impacting their communities and cultures, sometimes with contentious and unfortunate results. The summer offers a chance for schools to strategically prepare their communities for civil discourse around the 2020 election and more.

In this webinar, we’ll examine research-based cognitive and emotional skills for civil discourse, considering academic and cultural application of these skills; ways schools can promote a culture that encourages mission-appropriate discussion about polarizing subjects; ideas for creating school-appropriate goals for civil discourse; and legal recommendations for schools during a presidential election year. Join Sarah Wilson from TAIS and Debra Wilson for this discussion.

NOTE: This webinar will be hosted using the Zoom video conferencing platform. If you’re not familiar with it, here’s a detailed overview.

- Free to SAIS members.
- A Zoom link will be sent to all registrants.

- The event will be recorded and available to SAIS members.


Debra Wilson is president of SAIS. She previously served as general counsel for NAIS for 19 years. In addition to her role as chief legal officer, she presented to school leaders around the country and fielded inquiries from schools facing legal or governance issues. Before joining the NAIS staff, Debra was a tax litigator at the Department of Justice.

Sarah Wilson is the executive director of TAIS. She began her career in education with Teach for America in Atlanta, GA and fell in love with boarding schools while teaching at Asheville School. Prior to joining TAIS, Sarah served as the upper school director and then the director for Laurel's Center for Research on Girls at Laurel School in Shaker Heights, OH. 


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