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Request for

Teacher Facilitators


Back-to-School Teen Explosion Conference

Call for Conversation Coaches 


On Saturday, August 3, 2019, 9:00 a.m. – 2:00 p.m., at Cliffdale Recreation Center the Back to School Teen Explosion will provide a day of interactive learning workshops designed to encourage student success, facilitate thought-provoking discussion, explore issues around social justice. This day will provide students with meaningful perspective to positively shape their personal and academic goals for years to come. 


Are you a caring adult in the community with experience of educating students?  We invite you to apply to become a "Conversation Coach" by guiding student conversations using the following principles:


  • Setting the context

  • Creating Hospitable Space

  • Exploring Questions that Matter

  • Encouraging Everyone’s Contribution

  • Connecting Diverse Perspectives

  • Listening together for Patterns and Insights

  • Sharing Collective Discoveries

We are seeking educators who want to be a part of an organic conversation, grounded in the voice of our local teens.  The conference targets rising 8th-12th-grade middle and high school students. 


The event will include a series of conversations that are relevant to the intersection of Education & Social Justice. As a coach, we ask that you use your experience working with young people to help guide groups of 7-8 teenagers in their discussion, ensuring the students engage with the topics at hand in a professional and thoughtful manner. 


There is no compensation associated with serving as a conversation coach.  Back-to-School, Inc. is a nonprofit organization and provides this conference to support the needs of teenagers in our local community.  All involved in the conference are volunteers who are compensated by "Making a Difference" in our community.


The commitment:

  • Participate in training and preparation for the role as a conversation coach:

    • Wednesday, July 10th from 5:30 – 7:30 p.m. at 725 West Rowan St, Fayetteville, NC 28301 

    • Thursday, July 11th from 2:00-4:00 p.m. at Fayetteville State University, Helen T. Chick 134 

    • Saturday, July 13th from 10:00-12:00 a.m. at 725 West Rowan St, Fayetteville, NC 28301

  • Attend the event on August 3, 2019 (9:00am-2:00pm)

  • Participate in debrief, 2:00pm-3:00pm, immediately following the event.

Selection Process:

Note that there are limited spaces available.  A committee will review applications and notify you by May 30th (round 1) and June 15th (round 2) regarding final selection.

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