The Museum of Tolerance and Journeys in Film invite you to

Teaching Civic Discourse through Dialogue: Engaging Race & Racism when Teaching Black History

Monday, February 6, 2023 | 3:30pm - 4:45pm


Join this interactive workshop on ZOOM to explore incorporating effective social issue dialogue when teaching Black History. The session will cover how to use the principles of dialogue to set up effective classroom conversations about the histories and current realities of race and racism, and advice on how to integrate the structure of dialogue in lesson planning and teaching.


  • Explore and understand educators' hopes and fears about engaging in classroom conversations about Black History and the reality of race and racism.

  • Distinguish dialogue, deliberation, and debate as distinct frameworks for civic discussion of social issues.

  • Explore the strengths and weaknesses of debate vs dialogic as approaches forteaching and learning.

  • Consider dialogue as an important skill for students to learn as civically engaged residents and citizens.

  • Learn about the 4 stages of intergroup dialogue and how to set up and guide each stage.

  • Learn how the 4 Stages and 4 Levels of Dialogue can help groups successfully navigate, avoid, or overcome some of the common pitfalls of complex conversations.

  • Practice applying the 4-stage and 4-level structure of dialogue to designing a classroom discussion, lesson, or unit.

Ideal for secondary-level educators.


Alan W. Goff

Through powerful dialogue circles, participatory workshops, and other heartfully facilitated group processes, Alan channels the power of deep listening to gain insight, strengthen alliances, build consensus, and promote justice-centered social change. He works with a wide range of educational, nonprofit, and civic organizations that are striving to build a society based on justice for all people and the planet.

Alan holds a Master of Education in Social Justice Education from the University of Massachusetts Amherst, where he specialized in the theory, design, and facilitation of Intergroup Dialogue. He is currently a PhD candidate and researcher in Urban Schooling at the University of California, Los Angeles, where his research explores the role of listening as a transformative practice for the personal and professional development of educators of color committed to justice. He is trained and practiced in a range of group facilitation and dialogue approaches, including ToP Facilitation Methods and Strategic Planning, and the practice of Council.

He is a graduate of the Social Justice Training Institute, a past fellow of the NewGround fellowship program, and an advisory council member of the NewGround Courage Accelerator program. He is an Associate with Luna Jimenez Institute for Social Transformation, and an Associate with the ASPIRE Group.

Alan was born and raised in Los Angeles, of Belizean Kriol and Black U.S. heritage. He is the proud son of Alice Goff, a dedicated civil servant, labor leader, and women's leadership activist whose work sparked and continues to inspire Alan’s drive for justice