Grades 6-12 teachers and leaders

The Discussion Project, designed at the University of Wisconsin-Madison, is a professional learning course for teachers leading classrooms in grades 6-12. It teaches the skills and strategies to manage classroom discussion in a charged educational environment.

Improve classroom discussion. Improve learning.

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’s courses for teachers leading classrooms in grades 6-12 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.

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Online course

Seven 2-Hour Online Sessions

Learn to design and implement high quality synchronous discussion for online courses. Skills taught in this course are also applicable to the in-person classroom.

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In-person course

3-Day Course

Learn to design and implement high quality discussion for in-person courses. The skills taught in this course are also relevant to online synchronous instruction.

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

Susan Gevelber

Social Studies Teacher (Retired), Madison Metropolitan School District

“The Discussion Project affirmed the discussion practices I’ve used in my high school classroom for over two decades, but also taught me new techniques that I used right away! While reinforcing that student learning happens during discussion, TDP also helped me fully understand the power of discussion as an equity strategy. Exchanging ideas with like-minded professionals was truly beneficial because I thought about using discussions in non-traditional moments. The workshop also gave me time (and feedback) to improve discussion strategies I already use in my classroom. I loved the instructors’ humor and passion, the hands-on learning, the community connection and the powerful techniques I learned. Thanks for a great professional development 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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