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Learning to Depolarize: Helping Students Reach Across Lines of Divide 

with Kent Lenci, Middle Ground School Solutions

Date: Friday, October 14, 2022 * 9:30 am - 3:00 pm
Location: ISACS Classroom, Downtown Chicago





The country is crippled by political polarization which will be a lasting societal challenge and students need help in bridging political or ideological divides. Consider how to lead students through the messiness of dialog across lines of disagreement and how to position educators to model the bridge-building dispositions and skills they wish to instill in their students. Leave with practical strategies to foster civil discourse in the classroom while gaining a vision of how the adults in our schools can position themselves to lead the work we ask of students.

This workshop is for teachers whose disciplines invite dialog in middle and upper schools, as well as LS teachers who wish to lay the groundwork for dialog across lines of difference from an early age.

A Message from Kent Lenci


Kent Lenci

Kent Lenci is the author of Learning to Depolarize: Helping Students and Teachers Reach Across Lines of Disagreement. A 21-year veteran of middle school classrooms, Lenci founded Middle Ground School Solutions in 2019 to help schools face the challenge of political polarization. He is the recipient of various honors, including the Margot Stern Strom Award from Facing History and Ourselves and the National Association of Independent Schools Teacher of the Future designation.  

Important Information

Policies for Participation

During online registration, you will be prompted to acknowledge the following policies for participation. ISACS reserves the right to revoke the registration and end the participation of any registrant who does not follow ISACS guidelines.

How to Register for the Workshop

To register for any ISACS event, you MUST be logged into your contact record in the new system. Each person must register themselves for the workshop. 

Registration Fees & Details

  • $200 per person for ISACS members.
  • This workshop is for ISACS members only. 
  • Register early as we anticipate this workshop will reach capacity.
  • Each participant must register themselves for the 10/14 workshop.
  • Please see the tabs above on "How to Register". 
  • There is no group discount for this workshop.
  • The workshop includes coffee/tea, continental breakfast, lunch, and refreshments.
  • Once registered, you will receive an automatic confirmation email. ISACS will send a final confirmation approximately one-week prior to the workshop.

Cancellation & Questions?

Cancellation Policy for ISACS In-Person Workshops
Cancellations for workshops held at the ISACS classroom must be received in writing to ISACS by emailing 10 business days prior to the event to receive a refund. ISACS will determine the refund amount, if any, on a per workshop basis and may be unable to determine the refund amount until the workshop’s conclusion. At any time, registration may be transferred to another member from the same school. If a workshop has a waitlist and ISACS can identify a replacement, a full refund will be provided. ISACS reserves the right to cancel the workshop for insufficient enrollment. In this case, participants will be notified and will receive a full refund. 

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