Celebrate Black History Month with Us!

We’re celebrating Black History Month by highlighting the work of two renowned Black artists! Whether you’re an experienced Touchstones educator or interested in trying out our method with your community group, these tools will support learners of all ages in building essential discussion skills and help you bring in those participants whose voices may be heard less often in typical discussions.

Sign up to receive our free lessons for Horace Pippin’s The Getaway (ages 8-11) and Nikki Giovanni’s “Love Is” (ages 11+).

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Opportunities for Schools & Educators

On the Blog: 3 Strategies for Addressing the Barriers to Participation

Brittany Usiak, our K-12 & Adult Programs Manager, shares insights on how to be a bridge for all students in your Touchstones discussions. This article is part of a series of posts taking a closer look at the Four Stages of group development in Touchstones.

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Save the Date: Touchstones Educator Summit July 18-20

We're thrilled to be hosting our first ever educator summit July 18-20, 2023 in Winter Harbor, Maine! As an attendee, you'll join a network of educators committed to shared leadership, practice strategies for building inclusive discussion and authentic community, and reconnect to your joy as an educator and learner. Stay tuned for more details and registration info soon!

Save 50% on Online Classroom subscriptions through

March 31st

For a limited time, enjoy big savings when you try our Online Classroom. We offer our most popular volumes digitally so your students can build inclusive discussion through Touchstones, wherever they are. Learn more in our Bookstore or reach out for your free trial today!

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NC Council For Social Studies Conference March 1-3

We're looking forward to presenting at the North Carolina Council for Social Studies Conference March 1-3. If you're planning to attend, we'll see you there! Come to our session - "In a Democracy, Nothing Matters More: A Systematic Approach for Building a Culture of Civil Discourse" and visit our table in the exhibitor hall!

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Community Programs News & Opportunities

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Next Online Community Discussions!

Everyone is welcome to join for this free, drop-in program. Whether you’re just getting familiar with Touchstones or you’re a seasoned discussion leader, Online Community Discussions offer a way to practice discussion skills together and build community.

Our next community discussion will be held on February 25, from 11am-12pm.

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The Touchstones community spans the globe! Help us spread the word about the amazing work happening in your classroom or community group by sharing your story on social media. Use the hashtag #BeyondTheSocraticSeminar in your posts or complete this form to be featured in an upcoming #TouchstonesSpotlight on our channels.

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