Guiding Discussion Circles Online 

A skill-building training on how to design and facilitate thought-provoking discussion circles online. 

Course Description

Have an effective structure to engage in discussions about topics that are important or have deeply impacted your team is a pertinent skill to develop. Discussion Circles online are designed to create a safe and courageous space for students or staff to talk about important topics, acknowledge each other, share personal experiences, or talk about professional wisdom with one another. In this training you will learn and practice the art of creating discussion questions that rest at the core of this practice and how to build a circle experience around them that is focused, meaningful and functional online. You will receive advice on how to handle challenging issues that may arise and how to problem solve common issues that may show up during the planning and guiding parts of this practice. This training will provide you examples of discussion circles and resources to design a wide variety of them to meet your classroom or workplace needs.

Length

  • 2.5 hours long

  • Customized - can be broken into two 1 hour

  • 15-minute sessions.

Issues Addressed

  • Challenges facilitating an engaging Discussion circle online without the use of a talking piece 

  • Being limited by time and focus 

  • Uncertainty around how to develop discussion questions that will prompt participants to open up about their experiences and opinions related to the theme of the circle

Learning

Outcomes

  1. Experience online Discussion Building

    • Learn how to facilitate a Discussion Circle Online by experiencing one that has been expertly designed and facilitated by one of our Restorative Practitioners using Zoom, CircleUp Educations Online Discussion Circle Framework, and virtual facilitation best practices 

  2. Online Discussion Circle Framework 

    • Receive an easy to follow framework for planning engaging Online Discussion Circles with structured Discussion Questions that take into consideration time, the number of participants, and openness among participants  

  3. Design Your Own Online Circle 

    • Design your own Online Discussion Circle with support from an experienced Online Restorative Practitioner using our new Relationship Building Design Guide for Online Circles that you get to keep and use for all your future circles!

Structure

  • Secure Zoom Meeting Format

  • Audio and Video required during the meeting.

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