CLTV: Creating a Safe and Reflective Classroom

Posted by Mary Hendra on August 5, 2015

This month Facing History is the featured partner on Connected Learning TV for the series, Creating Upstanders in Today's World. We are publishing the recorded webinars here with additional resources.

Our first webinar focused on Creating a Safe and Reflective Classroom.

The purpose of education is to cultivate thoughtful, informed, competent, creative, and compassionate students, who, filled with a sense of wonder and an appreciation of life in all its diversity, see themselves as active participants in creating a more just society."

- Doc Miller, Facing History and Ourselves

Doc and LA educator Stephanie Carrillo shared their experience and practical strategies for creating a safe, reflective, classroom community which forms the foundation for students to develop a sense of agency in the world. Doc has identified these as:

  • Mutual Respect
  • Space
  • Culture of Questioning
  • Silence
  • Student to Student Discussions
  • Connecting Content to Students’ Lives and to the World Today
  • Allowing for a Variety of Ways for Students to Express and Enrich Their Learning
  • Creating Space for Diverse Viewpoints

To read more about these in detail, click here.

And Dennis Barr, Director of Evaluation at Facing History and Ourselves, shared that in a student survey focused on classroom climate, Facing History students scored their classrooms higher in terms of what the teachers did to make it a respectful, inclusive, engaging and deliberative classroom.



Dennis J. Barr Ed.D., is the Director of Evaluation at Facing History and Ourselves and an Adjunct Lecturer on Education at the Harvard Graduate School of Education. He has been the principal investigator on a number of large-scale evaluation studies that have also included basic research questions about teacher and student growth.

Doc Miller serves as the Senior Associate for Staff Development at Facing History and Ourselves. He was a middle school social studies teacher for 36 years, mostly 8th grade, in both urban and suburban schools. He has specifically written and trained around creating a safe and reflective classroom environment.

Stephanie Carrillo is the Director of Diversity and a history teacher at Campbell Hall, an independent school in Southern California, and is a member of the LA Facing History Teacher Leadership Team.

Additional resources noted in the webinar:


Inspired by the theme, on Learn+Teach+Share we will feature favorite community-building activities from the Los Angeles Program team for the next week! Subscribe to this blog to have it delivered to your email inbox.

Click here to see additional resources related to this webinar and how others have responded on Twitter.

Tune in next week for our second webinar, The Holocaust and Human Behavior, August 12, 2015 at 11:30am CA time.

Topics: Safe Schools, CLTV, Upstander

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