Dane County School Districts + The Discussion Project

The Discussion Project is offering an in-person professional development course for teachers and leaders of grades 6-12 throughout Dane County. The course is designed to build discussion-based skills and create a more inclusive classroom environment.

Improve classroom discussion. Improve student learning.

Teaching with discussion is rewarding for teachers and improves student engagement and learning. The Discussion Project helps teachers make each classroom discussion more successful.

With The Discussion Project, you will learn discussion strategies that:

  • Increase academic engagement and learning.
  • Create an inclusive and equitable community of learners.
  • Support civil discourse in a democratic society.

Learn to discuss. Discuss to learn.



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The Discussion Project in-person course at the University of Wisconsin-Madison

June 2024

In-person coursework will be in June 18-20, 2024.


Where is it located?

The three-day course will be held on the University of Wisconsin-Madison campus.



How often does the class meet?

8:00am – 4:30pm each day.



What is the agenda?

This course is interactive and participants will leave with many tools and processes as well as a discussion plan to implement in one of their classes.

June 18: Building Community, Defining Discussion, Facilitating Whole Class Interactions
June 19: Feedback Fishbowls & Crafting Questions, Planning & Assessing Discussion
June 20: Critiquing Discussion Plans, Maintaining Community


What is the cost?

The cost is $1,000 per participant (attendee is responsible for travel expenses). Light breakfast, lunch, and snacks included.




Participants will receive a The Discussion Project Certificate of Completion which may be used for continuing education credit (20 hours).



What our professional learners say

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Elizabeth Wellenstein

Reading Specialist, Madison Metropolitan School District

“You will leave this workshop with an abundance of ideas about how to incorporate meaningful discussion into your curriculum. [I learned] more effective ways to involve discussion in the classroom aside from whole-class discussions – while these have a place/purpose, I really feel I have a bank of options I can pull from that can best match my learning goals for my students. I also have a better sense of how to assess and whether that means quick feedback or something more substantive.”
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Molly Swanhorst

Teacher, Waunakee Community School District

“I honestly loved every second. The workshop felt like summer camp for teaching nerds. It was an amazing workout for my brain. Eveything from the attitudes and actions of the facilitators to the structure and schedule of the course made for three days of amazing experiential learning. Thank you for your attention to detail and for making such a welcoming and enjoyable space to be in. I learned so much and genuinely loved every minute. While I was already doing a good job with discussion, I now have more actionable ways to do an even better job!

Learn to discuss. Discuss to learn.



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