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.


No in-person events scheduled at this time.


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. ”

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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