The goal of this three-part series is to help people manage difficult conversations in spaces with school-aged children in relation to the current cultural moment (e.g. conversations about race and equity in schools and Covid protocols). Led by Jessica Hochman and Tonya Leslie of We Need 2 Talk, each session will introduce Epoch Education’s RIR Protocol (Recognize, Interrupt, Repair): a tool for managing difficult conversations. Time will be spent considering relevant scenarios and practicing the protocol.
Each session will cover the RIR protocol within a different context. Participants can sign up for one session or all three.
Drawing from examples in current events as well as the concerns expressed by the METRO community in session 1, we will do a deep dive into the “Interrupt” part of the RIR protocol in this third and final session of the series. As library folks ourselves, We Need 2 Talk often approaches interruption through inquiry. In this session, participants will practice asking questions that help build understanding and uncover what’s below the surface in moments of conflict, toward potential repair.
Find more information about the other sessions in this series at these links: