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Making Civics Real Workshop 7: Controversial Public Policy Issues  
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Teacher Perspectives: JoEllen Ambrose

JoEllen Ambrose, who has been teaching social studies for 23 years, teaches law to seniors at Champlin Park High School in Champlin, Minnesota. In these interview excerpts, she talks about her approach to discussing controversial issues in the classroom. The particular issue her class debated was racial profiling. The discussion was governed by a formal process called “academic structured controversy” that was developed by Roger T. Johnson and David W. Johnson of the Cooperative Learning Center at the University of Minnesota.


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