Socratic Seminars are about teaching the next generation the skills of “civility and thoughtfulness”.  Too often today, whether in the news or in politics, a style of discourse is being modeled to our children that is anything but civil and thoughtful.  This workshop is experiential and provides intensive practice to develop the skills of seminar leadership.  Participants will engage in a large group seminar followed by guided practice with designing and leading small group seminars.  This is a great opportunity to meet and share ideas with other educators for increasing student engagement and teaching critical thinking skills.


By the end of this workshop, participants will be able to:

  • Prepare for and lead a Socratic Seminar with your students.
  • Apply the knowledge and skill of selecting engaging and complex texts.
  • Create Opening Questions that spark student conversation and thoughtfulness.
  • Balance leadership and participation when conducting a Socratic Seminar.
  • Facilitate individual and collective reflections of the seminar experience.
  • Recognize the power of Socratic Seminars to address high academic standards.


This training is scheduled for Thursday, April 5, 2018 from 8:00 AM – 4:30 PM at Lake Area Technical Institute, Watertown, SD.

Cost: $125/person, includes continental breakfast.

Graduate Credit: One Graduate Credit through USF.

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To request additional information or questions, please contact Amelia Meyer,