CPL Moderator Training is a science-based training that teaches you to design, moderate, and participate in respectful and productive discussions on controversial topics. Past graduates have applied these skills in various settings, such as workplaces, homes, schools, and churches, helping others treat one another with dignity and respect and keeping conversations civil and productive. Upon completion of the training, graduates hone their skills as moderators at Crossing Party Lines’ weekly conversations, which provide an opportunity for people to engage with others who have different views and experiences, and to challenge their own assumptions and biases.
- 16 self-paced online lessons
- Virtual class discussions
- One-on-one meetings with the instructor
- Virtual practice sessions.
Four weeks of class, 2 weeks for individual practicums
None, however CPL 100, 102, 102, and 103 are strongly recommended.
- Create connection and rapport by humanizing the “others” in the room.
- Reflect back, and when needed, reframe, challenging statements in a way that defuses animosity and makes it possible for others to hear them.
- Ask questions that help people gain insight into why a person’s views make sense for them.
- How to model and encourage skillful communication.
- Manage domineering or disruptive participants to ensure conversations stay on track and all participants get a chance to hear and be heard.
- Check your own views at the door and remain focused on the success of every participant, regardless of where they are coming from.
- Adapt your skills and techniques to virtual, in person, or hybrid interactions.
- Swallow, Lisa, Yes You CAN Talk Politics (2021) [PDF provided at first day of class]