Our Team

Learn more about the folks behind The Discussion Project

Where we are

The Discussion Project’s home base is in Madison, Wisconsin at the Wisconsin Center for Education Products & Services, though some of our instructors live in Colorado. 

The Discussion Project is also a professional learning series and research project at the University of Wisconsin-Madison’s Wisconsin Center for Education Research, where it originated and still is going strong, providing support to UW-Madison instructors. 

Why we are

Our goal is to improve classroom discussion because we know it leads to higher levels of engagement, belonging, and learning for students. As such, we provide a course that helps all instructors grow in their skills to build inclusive and engaging “discussion classrooms” that foster community-building and intellectual engagement.

Anissa Butler

Curriculum Designer & Instructor

Anissa Butler (Ed. D) is a Curriculum Designer & Instructor for The Discussion Project. Anissa values the opportunity to help educators learn how they can support inclusive practices that va...

Lynn Glueck

Program Director

Lynn Glueck is the Program Director for The Discussion Project, serving as project manager, curriculum designer, and instructor. Lynn brings a diverse array of skills to the Discussion Project a...

Diana Hess

Principal Investigator

Diana Hess became dean of UW-Madison’s School of Education on Aug. 1, 2015. Hess, only the ninth dean of the School of Education since its founding in 1930, comes to this post after serving as s...

John Zola

Curriculum Designer & Instructor

John Zola is a Curriculum Designer & Instructor for The Discussion Project. He spent 32 years as a high school social studies teacher; most recently at New Vista High School, a “break the mo...

Mariana Castro

Curriculum Designer & Instructor

Mariana Castro is a Curriculum Designer & Instructor for The Discussion Project. She serves as Deputy Director at the Wisconsin Center for Education Research (WCER), a center committed to th...