Student Programs

Dialogue Training

We invite high-school student leaders and faculty/staff mentors to join us at Woodlands Academy for a two-day dialogue training. This training will equip students with the skills to navigate differences in ways that lead to greater understanding rather than conflict and division. Students will learn new tools to expand their capacity to deeply and actively listen, grow in self-knowledge and self-confidence in the face of difference, and become effective, responsible global citizens who live with critical consciousness, respect, compassion, reciprocity, authenticity, and hope.  Along with being trained in these essential skills of civil discourse and dialogue, students will also learn how to facilitate and mediate difficult conversations in their school communities with confidence, courage and grace. The training will conclude with students brainstorming ways they can bring their new skills and tools to their communities along with across the Network.

We are collaborating with the Tony Blair Institute for Global Change, and their Generation Global Project, to deliver this dialogue workshop with the purpose of “training the trainers”. We are thrilled that the Tony Blair Institute is leading this training with us as their approach to using dialogue to create attitudinal change and open-mindedness has been tested and proven through working with more than 450,000 students and 12,000 teachers from 35 countries. Not only will this training equip our communities with new skills and tools to navigate differences in our communities, but it will also provide us with the opportunity to further generate a vision to tap into our global network.

More information and a detailed schedule to come soon.

Dates: April 8-10, 2019.  Arrive by 5:00 p.m. on April 8th. Program will conclude by 3:00 p.m. on April 10th.

Housing: Woodlands Academy of the Sacred Heart, Lake Forest, IL. Please bring a sleeping bag and pillow.
Questions: Please direct any questions concerning the program to Claire Lorentzen (clorentzen[@]

Fees: The Network Office will cover the costs of this program. Transportation will be the responsiblity of the school. 


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Schools of the Sacred Heart share in the educational mission of the Society of the Sacred Heart as articulated in the Goals and Criteria. The structure supporting Sacred Heart education in Canada and the United States includes the Conference of Sacred Heart Education and the Network of Sacred Heart Schools.  Together they provide services and programs to ensure vitality of mission for the member schools sponsored by the Society of the Sacred Heart.