Professional Development

Empowering educators nationwide to facilitate meaningful conversations with students in any classroom setting.

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Why Close Up?

“I now have new ideas on how to approach controversial topics and how to do it via Zoom for online learning!” –Teacher, Katy, TX

As experts in both virtual and in-class instruction with almost 50 years of experience in nonpartisan, issue-centered education, Close Up offers professional development trainings, both online and on-site, that provide teachers with the strategies and resources to engage students in meaningful discourse about current controversial issues.

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Close Up’s Professional Development Sessions

Our innovative training is relevant, impactful, and informed by Close Up’s decades of expertise, helping teachers navigate challenging conversations about social and political issues in all types of classroom settings. Our virtual and on-site professional development sessions are available for middle school and high school educators across the country. We provide 90-minute and 3-hour interactive trainings for schools and districts. For individual educators looking for training and PD recertification, we also offer 30-minute, on-demand sessions. Session topics include:

Navigating a Controversial Election
Media Literacy and Citizenship
Community Engaged Classrooms
Framing Issues for Debate and Deliberation
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Empowering teachers nationwide to facilitate positive productive conversations with students in any classroom setting.

Teachers gain concrete tools to facilitate civil classroom discussions on current controversial issues and effective strategies for promoting inclusion and collaboration in both in-person and virtual classrooms. We also provide techniques to employ when civil discourse breaks down and classroom-ready resources to inform and guide student thinking. All sessions can be adapted based on school curricula, objectives, and grade levels.


To learn more or schedule professional development for your school or district, please complete this form. If you would like to speak directly with a Professional Development specialist, email

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