Close Up Foundation is dedicated to creating educational programs that bring students of diverse backgrounds and perspectives together to engage in meaningful discussions that expand and complement their worldviews. You can now bring this principle to practice in your classroom with Mismatch, an online tool created in partnership with AllSides for Schools. Mismatch makes it easy for classrooms in different parts of the United States to find each other, choose one or more topics to discuss, schedule meeting times, and hold live video conversations.
Participating in Mismatch:
How does Mismatch Work?
Educators who wish to register one or more classrooms for Mismatch can start the process anytime by clicking this button below. After being matched, each classroom teacher should expect to participate in a minimum of three student-to-student conversations and two classroom activities over the course of a semester. You can expect each student-to-student conversation to last 20-30 minutes. We also recommend allowing an additional 15 minutes to debrief.
Recommended Conversation Structure
If your students enjoyed the first policy discussion, please feel free to repeat Steps 4 and 5 to continue civil discourse around different controversial issues.
Close Up also offers professional development training for educators who would like to expand their practical skills, tools, and strategies for framing and integrating controversial public issues in the classroom. Click here to learn more!
This is a GREAT way to experience other places…
meet new students and learn more about government.
Close Up made me realize how SIGNIFICANT my thoughts and views are…
Although everyone will not always agree, everyone has a voice and needs to be heard.
I’m all pumped up from the program! …
I plan to speak to everyone about the experience for students here. The curricular component has been rigorous and productive.
Close Up is a positive experience for students…
seeing themselves as having the power to influence the democratic process.