Critical listening is an important tool for cultivating healthy, supportive relationships with colleagues and loved ones. One of the challenges of critical listening, however, is that this practice can bring to light individual and cultural biases that disrupt the listener’s ability to support and empathize with the speaker. During this workshop, participants will develop skills in equity-based critical listening, learning how to disrupt and name moments of bias while supporting others in developing empathy and an expanded worldview. We will practice critical listening with participants, discuss school-based experience in which critical listening is a relevant tool for supporting and training students and teachers, and develop strategic plans for bringing equity, empathy, and critical listening into our school communities.
By attending this session, attendees will leave with active listening skills and strategies to cultivate critical listening that helps the speaker to self-reflect and develop knowledge of self and others.
Presenter: Lauren Leigh Kelly