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Developing Discourse

September 7 - December 14, 2022


September 7 - December 14, 2022

Online - more information about how to connect will be sent after registration

Groups of 6 or more receive a 10% discount

How can we design and facilitate engaged, accountable conversations about thinking and understanding?

Designed for educators at all levels, this interactive online course invites participants to explore how to design and facilitate engaged, academic conversations among students. Across twelve weeks, we will explore the value of discourse for learners’ language, social and academic development, the design and facilitation of discourse, as well as offer some structures and tools for classroom implementation. Course content will include reading of professional texts including excerpts of Phenomenal Teaching, classroom videos, teacher interviews, application tasks and opportunities for reflection.

Learning Targets 

  • Participants will understand why discourse is beneficial?
  • Participants will develop skills to prepare learners for engagement in discourse?
  • Participants will learn discourse structures to support effective student to student talk.
  • Participants will learn facilitation skills that elevate productive discourse.


  • Certificate upon completion of course (30 PD credit hours)
  • Downloadable course-related reading materials, excerpts of classroom videos, and course handouts


Wendy Ward Hoffer

Wendy Ward Hoffer
Author and Senior Director of Content Development & Publications

Michelle Morris Jones

Michelle Morris Jones
Podcast Host and Senior Director of Professional Development Design

PEBC Institutes fill quickly. Register today!

Course Overview

This course is organized into six modules; each module includes a welcome, some interactive direct instruction, choice readings, media and invitations to respond, class discussions, as well as an application task designed to support you and your students in developing more effective discourse. Your facilitators will respond to your work on the online learning management system, there to push your thinking and cheer you on.

1: Why Discourse: What is the value of student discourse?

2: Community for Discourse: In what ways might we foster a community of learners where students feel safe to share their thinking?

3: Discourse for Understanding: In what ways can we design and facilitate discourse to advance understanding?

4: Equitable Discourse: How might we create more equitable access to discourse?

5: Structures for Discourse: In what ways can discourse structures deepen understanding?

6: Facilitation of Discourse: In what ways might we foster productive discourse among learners?

We encourage all participants to register with one or more colleagues to provide the greatest learning opportunity for your team.

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