12 de noviembre del 2021
Why is Dialogue Such a Powerful Learning Mode and How to Use it?

Educational contexts which reward only right answers train students to focus on learning how to conform to the judgments of others without relying on their own judgment at all.

-Michael Strong, The Habit of Thought

Type: Workshop

Format: Live, in person

Date and time:

  • Friday, Nov 12, 2021
  • Module 1- 8:30 AM – 12:00 PM (Guatemala Time)
  • Module 2- 3:00 PM – 5:30 PM (Guatemala Time)

*You could sign up to either module*


  • $150 for both modules
  • $90 for single module


Module 1: Dialogue 101

  • Do you believe that learners can do more than memorize information and recite it on tests?
  • Are your students’ challenged to think for themselves?
  • Do your students have learning experiences which develop the independence and reasoned judgment needed to be a free person?
  • Do your students connect abstract classroom ideas with life decisions and world events?

A dialogue is an opportunity for students to read, analyze, and discuss rich, knowledge-filled material with their peers, in a guided format. Learning to ask good questions is the key. As a result, they build their knowledge, apply it to new situations, share their own ideas, test out their hypotheses and perspectives against those of their peers, and arrive at answers that have been constructed through careful reasoning, solidly related to experience.

 In this workshop, we will:

  • Experience how to conduct effective dialogues 
  • Explore the psychological factors which affect classroom discussions
  • Brainstorm ways in which we can use this knowledge to improve our learners’ experiences
  • Enjoy a panel discussion on Education in a Free Society
  • Participate in a Jeffersonian discussion about education

Module 2: Art as a Vehicle for Learning

Art is an important and perhaps unexpected tool in the learning process. Photos, drawings, architecture, music, film, and paintings can communicate an abundance of information. Students can analyze pieces of art to assist them in digging deeper into different perspectives, ideas, and collaborative learning.

During this session we will 

  • Practice thinking routines such as “I see, I think, I wonder”…
  • Learn how to use art and architecture to enrich student learning
  • Use that learning during a walking tour of UFM’s campus

Intended Audience

This workshop is designed for faculty members, administrators, and students who want to engage in collaborative learning, dialogue, and becoming lifelong learners. 

Cancellation policy

  • Click here to view our cancellation policy. 

Contact us

 If you want to apply for a scholarship , please contact formacioncontinua@ufm.edu


Marsha Familaro Enright

B.A. Biology, Northwestern University, 

M.A. Psychology, The New School for Social Research

 Marsha is an educational entrepreneur, teacher, and writer. 

In 1990 she founded the Council Oak Montessori School in Chicago, which serves children ages 3 to 14. She was school head for 27 years. 

 Marsha has published a wide variety of articles in places such as Real Clear Markets, The New Individualist, and Objectivity. These include research papers concerned with  psychology, neuropsychology, philosophy, and esthetics, such “Montessori: The Liberator of Children,” “The Habit of Hope” and “The Evolutionary Neuropsychology of Music.” She has also written cultural commentary and literary reviews, such as “Capitalism: the Crucial Protector of the Smallest Minority,” and “Cameron Hawley and the Romance of Business,” available at marsha-familaro-enright.com.

 In 2005 she founded the Reason, Individualism, Freedom Institute (RIFI) to develop a new college, using an innovative curriculum and methods. The methods are derived from Montessori principles applied to adults and optimal learning research, with an emphasis on excellent reasoning, writing, and applying knowledge to practical action. The content uses the Great Books and important modern works, especially in science and the freedom movement. Its aim is to develop deeply informed graduates capable of thinking for themselves and putting thought into action to live as free persons.

 For 12 years, RIFI sponsored weekend and weeklong seminars using these principles and content, resulting in astounding transformations for its students. Now, we are working to open the College itself, called Reliance College. www.reliancecollege.org.

Desde el viernes 12 de noviembre del 2021 hasta el viernes 12 de noviembre del 2021
de 08:30 a. m. a 05:30 p. m.