Professional Development

Gain practical skills, tools, and strategies with our professional development workshops and educational resources.

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Why Close Up?

Drawing on our nearly 50 years of experience in issue-centered education and nonpartisan instruction, Close Up now offers professional development trainings and classroom resources.  We provide teachers and school districts with tools and strategies to engage students in meaningful discourse about current controversial issues.

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A comprehensive approach to creating meaningful discussions in your classroom.

Onsite professional development sessions are available for middle school and high school educators across the country.  We provide half-day, full-day, and multi-session formats and sample session topics include:

Click here for a full summary of our professional development offerings.

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Empowering teachers nationwide to facilitate positive and productive conversations with students.

Teachers gain concrete tools to facilitate civil classroom discussions on current controversial issues and effective strategies for promoting inclusion and collaboration.  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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