Grades 6-12 teachers

The Discussion Project, designed at the University of Wisconsin-Madison, is a professional learning course for middle and high school teachers. It teaches the skills and strategies to manage classroom discussion in a charged educational environment.

Improve classroom discussion. Improve learning.

The Discussion Project’s courses provide techniques to implement high quality classroom discussion. K12 teaching experts deliver research-based, in-depth, learn-by-doing training so that teachers can foster and manage classroom discussions to improve learning.

In-person courses

The Discussion Project in-person course offers dynamic professional development tailored for educators working with students in grades 6-12. Interacting with your peers, you can expect expert guidance on utilizing research-backed strategies to foster equitable, inclusive, and captivating classroom discussions

This interactive, in-person learn-by-doing coursework is offered in three and one day formats and offered for both schools and complete school districts. Daily work will last 8 hours (which includes authentic planning time, bathroom and lunch breaks) at the school or school district’s preferred location. Ready to learn alongside your peers and colleagues?

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In-person course – 1 day

Learn the core principles of structured discussion through a streamlined one day course offering.

  • Delivered across 1 day at a school’s preferred location
  • Course spans the first three learning modules: building community, defining productive discussion, and facilitating whole group interactions.
  • Participants receive a Certificate of Completion for 6 hours of continuing education credit
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In-person course – 3 days

Our full, comprehensive course meets the dedicated professional development needs of school districts.

  • Delivered across 3 days at a school’s preferred location
  • Includes the first three modules and builds off prior learning which includes structuring discussion and crafting questions; planning and assessing, critiquing lesson plans, and maintaining community
  • Participants receive a Certificate of Completion for 20 hours of continuing education credit

*In-person course requires a minimum of 12 participants from across the school or district area.

Online courses

The Discussion Project online course provides highly interactive online professional learning for teachers and instructional leaders in grades 6-12. Through expert instruction, the course provides research-based techniques to design and implement equitable, inclusive, and engaging classroom discussion.

Our interactive, learn-by-doing course is delivered online via Zoom across either seven or three sessions. Each Zoom session is preceded by an hour of preparatory work. The course provides in-depth learning, focused entirely on designing, implementing, and facilitating synchronous online classroom discussion. Take the next step and develop new teach skills and improve learning for your students.

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Online Course – 3 sessions

An online course designed for teachers with limited time and a strong interest in building new teaching skills. 

  • Delivered through three 2-hour online sessions via Zoom
  • Course spans the first three learning modules; building community, defining productive discussion, and facilitating whole group interactions
  • Participants receive a Certificate of Completion for 6 hours of continuing education credit
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Online Course – 7 sessions

Our full, most comprehensive online course for teachers looking to increase student engagement in the classroom.

  • Delivered through seven 2-hour online sessions via Zoom
  • Includes the first three modules and builds off prior learning which includes structuring discussion and crafting questions; planning and assessing, critiquing lesson plans, and maintaining community
  • Participants receive a Certificate of Completion for 14 hours of continuing education credit

*Online course requires a minimum of 12 participants from across the school or district area.

Research-based, interactive course led by K12 expert teachers.

Specialized discussion pedagogy for teachers in grades 6-12

Taught interactively by expert teachers, The Discussion Project provides research-based and classroom-proven strategies to improve discussions. High quality classroom discussion helps students better learn course content, improve communication skills, and prepare for opportunities beyond middle and high school.

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Learn new skills to foster and manage classroom discussion in a charged educational environment.

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Improve your students' academic performance.

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Engage with students in new ways that lead to improved communication and discussion.

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Create an equitable and inclusive classroom climate that builds trust among students and is conducive to high quality discussion.

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Implement strategies that develop students’ discussion skills and that prepare them for life beyond middle and high school.

Specialized discussion pedagogy for teachers in grades 6-12

Taught interactively by expert teachers, The Discussion Project provides research-based and classroom-proven strategies to improve discussions. High quality classroom discussion helps students better learn course content, improve communication skills, and prepare for opportunities beyond middle and high school.

N

Learn new skills to foster and manage classroom discussion in a charged educational environment.

N

Improve your students' academic performance.

N

Engage with students in new ways that lead to improved communication and discussion.

N

Create an equitable and inclusive classroom climate that builds trust among students and is conducive to high quality discussion.

N

Implement strategies that develop students’ discussion skills and that prepare them for life beyond middle and high school.

Research-based, interactive course led by K12 expert teachers.

TESTIMONIALS

What our professional learners say

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Jessica Zappia

Social Studies Teacher, Madison Metropolitan School District

This is simply one of the best courses I have ever taken. I love how the Discussion Project centers the joy of learning by giving students the skills to be lifelong learners and to bring their whole selves to the classroom experience.

Carla Cariño

Teacher, Denver Public Schools

The Discussion Project helped me evolve my use of classroom discussion strategies in ways that are more equitable and engaging for students. The training also modeled a variety of uses for discussion ranging from quick check ins to longer, more in depth discussion practices. The benefits of discussion in high school classrooms lead to benefits of other skills like reading, writing, presenting, contributions to the classroom community and more. Thank you for leading this important work for high school teachers.

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