Improve classroom discussion. Improve student learning

The Discussion Project, designed at the University of Wisconsin-Madison, provides specialized professional learning courses to help you design and facilitate more engaging, inclusive, and intellectually rigorous discussion classrooms. Find out which of these solutions fits your educational needs today.

The Discussion Project specializes in discussion pedagogy skill development.

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Build a classroom environment that is inclusive and promotes consideration of different perspectives.

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Create a more engaging classroom with high-quality discussion.

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Improve instructor and student retention.

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Learn strategies to improve student learning.

Grant funding dollars received*

Different academic departments have participated in The Discussion Project

Academic departments and school districts participated in the course work

Students impacted

* Grants for research and development from the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation and the University of Wisconsin-Madison

Improve classroom discussion. Improve learning.

Professional learning courses specializing in discussion pedagogy for educators, leaders, and administrators.

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Teachers and leaders in grades 6-12

Courses for teachers and instructional leaders

The coursework helps teachers improve techniques for teaching with discussion in grades 6-12 classrooms.

The Discussion Project’s team of expert secondary educators deliver research-based, interactive learning to help teachers design and implement classroom discussion essential to learning and achievement.

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Higher Ed instructors and leaders

Courses for instructors and institutional leaders

College instructors need an advanced set of teaching skills to create an educational environment that fosters effective classroom discussion.

The Discussion Project helps instructors develop the skills to design, implement, and facilitate high-quality classroom discussion to improve student learning.

Seeking to improve your students' academic performance as an educator? Foster high-quality discussions in your classroom.

Professional learning specializing in discussion pedagogy

High quality classroom discussion engages students in critical thinking and leads to a deeper understanding of course content. It requires students to inquire, listen to others, consider different perspectives, think critically and deepen learning.

The Discussion Project specializes in helping educators develop skills and learn strategies needed to design, implement and facilitate high-quality classroom discussion.

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Provide educators with confidence and support to foster and manage classroom discussion in a charged educational environment.

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Create an equitable and inclusive classroom climate conducive to high quality discussion.

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Learn different ways to structure and facilitate discussion.

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Build more inclusive classroom communities to enhance learning

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Learn to craft questions that foster discussion.

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Implement strategies that develop students’ discussion skills.

Professional learning specializing in discussion pedagogy

High quality classroom discussion engages students in critical thinking and leads to a deeper understanding of course content. It requires students to inquire, listen to others, consider different perspectives, think critically and deepen learning.

The Discussion Project specializes in helping educators develop skills and learn strategies needed to design, implement and facilitate high-quality classroom discussion.

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Provide educators with confidence and support to foster and manage classroom discussion in a charged educational environment.

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Create an equitable and inclusive classroom climate conducive to high quality discussion.

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Learn different ways to structure and facilitate discussion.

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Distinguish between discussion and other forms of student talk.

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Learn to craft questions that foster discussion.

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Implement strategies that develop students’ discussion skills.

Seeking to improve your students' academic performance as an educator? Foster high-quality discussions in your classroom.

TESTIMONIALS

What our professional learners say

Kathy Cramer

Professor, Political Science, UW-Madison

“I was fortunate to take part in your training last month. I am not exaggerating when I say it has changed my life. I am teaching a 15-person and a 50-person undergraduate course this term, and I am using the skills you taught me each class session. It has made me think differently about my teaching and I am quite sure the students’ experience is all the better for it. Thank you! You all are providing a fantastic service.”

Rhoda Smith

Assistant Clinical Professor, Erikson Institute

“Great modeling on using the tools, great examples and samples of tools provided to us. Very helpful that there was attention paid for us to connect to others in our specialty areas.”

Ready to have a discussion?

Submit your information for a personalized course walk-through with The Discussion Project team to better understand how it can support the growth of your instructors, departments, and institution.

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