How to Teach Middle School Students to Argue Better

May 12, 2021
How to Teach Middle School Students to Argue Better
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Wednesday, May 12, 2021
4:00–5:00 PM ET
3:00–4:00 PM CT
2:00–3:00 PM MT
1:00–2:00 PM PT

How to Teach Middle School Students to Argue Better

Great schools and education can help students grow intellectually, socially, and emotionally. These moments of growth lead to others, sparking a positive cycle for students, teachers, parents, and communities. Yet as society grapples with deepening political and ideological divides, how are we raising and educating young people to understand and navigate relationships across differences? In school settings, if students are taught argument-related skills at all, the instruction is most often in the context of debating.

Although there are benefits to this style of learning, the competitive nature of debate can be in direct opposition to how to engage more productively with diverse viewpoints in our everyday lives. To help bridge divides, the Better Arguments Project developed a middle school curriculum to help equip students not to have fewer arguments, but to have better arguments. In this sense, arguments don’t have to drive us apart. Better Arguments can bring us together.

On Wednesday, May 12th at 4 pm ET, please join an engaging discussion with Facing History and Ourselves President and CEO Roger Brooks and educators who applied the Better Arguments middle school curriculum in their classrooms.

Register to attend this webinar through our partner's website, The Aspen Institute.



About the Panelists


Roger Brooks
President & CEO
Facing History and Ourselves

Roger Brooks serves as President and CEO of Facing History and Ourselves, an international non-profit educational organization that seeks a world guided by knowledge and compassion, not bigotry or prejudice. Facing History trusts students to wrestle with complex moments in human history and their connections to current events, helping them become engaged, informed, and compassionate citizens. Worldwide, Facing History reaches more than 300,000 teachers and millions of students each year.

Roger joined Facing History in 2014. Under his leadership, the organization launched an ambitious strategic plan to dramatically increase its reach to new audiences and areas. He established a diversity and inclusion program, with emphasis on hiring of diverse candidates and building a world-class workplace culture. Facing History is strengthening its core work in schools and classrooms, scaling its impact with a broader network of educators and raising its voice as a thought leader in education. Roger came to Facing History following a long and distinguished tenure at Connecticut College as the Elie Wiesel Professor in the department of Religious Studies (1991-2014). He also has a longstanding partnership with the Holocaust Education Foundation at Northwestern University, which prepares collegiate faculty to teach courses and curriculum related to the Holocaust and genocide. He received their Distinguished Achievement Award in 2014. An expert in early rabbinic culture, Roger is the author of editor of six books and numerous articles.


Dr. Robert S. Harvey
Chief Academic Officer, EHTP; Superintendent
East Harlem Scholars Academies

Dr. Robert S. Harvey has a longstanding history of prioritizing a vision of equity, justice, academic success, and social-emotional wellness for students and communities. In addition to his work in East Harlem, he serves as Visiting Professor of Public Leadership at Memphis Theological Seminary. Prior to East Harlem, he served as Head of School of Star Academy College Preparatory School in Memphis, Tennessee, where he led Star through double-digit academic gains, increased enrollment, secured a 10-year charter renewal, and strengthened philanthropic investment. Harvey also served as the Chief Operating Officer of Simmons College of Kentucky and adjunct professor in its department of social sciences; and has served Independent day and boarding schools in several capacities.

Dr. Harvey has committed himself to lifelong learning and public scholarship. He earned a doctorate in leadership & society from Memphis Theological Seminary, Master of Theological Studies from Harvard University, and Bachelor of Arts in sociology & social research from Bryant University. He has also completed executive graduate programs in organizational change and school management from Emeritus Institute and Harvard Graduate School of Education, respectively. He serves on the boards of JUICE, The Collective, and is a member of the National Alliance of Black School Educators and the Robert F. Kennedy Human Rights Young Leaders.

Randy Lamberth
Assistant Principal
Simle Middle School

Randy Lamberth is an Assistant Principal at Simle Middle School in Bismarck, ND.  This is his first year in this role as he has transitioned from and Instructional Coach in the building and a Physical Education teacher prior to that.  Mr. Lamberth has been in public and private education since 2005 working with students from grades K-12, community college, and university systems. Mr. Lamberth has a passion for working with our youth as they transition to become active members in the community.  Randy Lamberth is married to Tivona Lamberth and they are parents to three daughters.


May 12, 2021
4:00 pm - 5:00 pm

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