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Developing Discourse

June 1 - August 17, 2022


June 1 - August 17, 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?

This interactive online course is designed for educators at all levels keen to design and facilitate learning-focused conversations with and 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 - whether in person or remotely. Course content will include reading of professional texts, classroom videos, teacher interviews, application tasks and opportunities for reflection.

Topical Questions:

• Why is discourse beneficial?

• In what ways can we prepare learners for engagement in discourse?

• What structures can be implemented to support effective student to student talk?

• How can teachers facilitate productive discourse?

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 bring this practice to life in your instruction. Your facilitators will regularly respond to your work on the online learning management system, there to push your thinking and cheer you on.


  • 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

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Course Overview

Module 1: Why Discourse

Module 2: Community for Discourse

Module 3: Discourse for Understanding

Module 4: Equitable Discourse

Module 5: Structures for Discourse

Module 6: Facilitation of Discourse

Self-paced modules will include introductory videos, readings and conversation questions, classroom footage, planning tools, online discussions, and invitations for reflection.  We encourage all participants to register with one or more colleagues to provide the greatest learning opportunity for your team.

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