The new IL civic education requirement prescribes that students discuss current and controversial issues in the classroom. Learn research based best practice in creating a safe environment for student participation in addressing the most compelling questions facing our communities. Collaborate with others to craft effective questions for deliberation. Walk away with strategies to engage students in current and controversial issues discussion to enhance your current classroom practice. Explicit connections will be made to the IL Social Science Standards, Social Emotional Learning, the Common Core State Standards and the Danielson Framework for Effective Teaching. Participants are encouraged to bring technology and will have time to explore resources and apply learning. Appropriate for grades 6-12.