In-person and online courses

The Discussion Project, designed at the University of Wisconsin-Madison, provides specialized professional learning to help you design and facilitate more engaging, inclusive, and intellectually rigorous discussion classrooms.

Develop new skills. Grow as an educator and leader.

Teaching with discussion is rewarding for teachers and improves student engagement and learning. The Discussion Project helps teachers make each classroom discussion more successful and fosters a healthy exchange of perspectives.

The Discussion Project offers both online and in-person courses to advance your teaching skills and create more inclusive learning environments.

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



  • What: The Discussion Project delivered online in seven two-hour synchronous sessions.
  • Who: Teachers and leaders of secondary schools (grades 6-12) or Instructors and leaders in higher education.
  • When: Contact us to schedule for your school, district, or institution of higher education.


June 2023 - Denver, CO

  • Who: Grades 6-12 teachers and leaders
  • When: June 13-15, 2023 Learn more / Enroll today
  • Cost: $950 per participant (attendee is responsible for travel expenses). Light breakfast, lunch, and snacks included.


June 2023 - Madison, WI

  • Who: Grades 6-12 teachers and leaders
  • When: June 20-22, 2023 Learn more / Enroll today
  • Cost: $1,000 per participant (attendee is responsible for travel expenses). Light breakfast, lunch, and snacks included.


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.”

Ready to learn a new set of skills?



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