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Authentic Student Talk

Rigorous Discussion in the Common Core Classroom

By June 2016, participants will be equipped with the pedagogical moves to facilitate a student-centered discussion.

Course Description: 

At the heart of a student-centered classroom, learners talk with each other to make meaning. The speaking and listening domain of the Common Core asks teachers to develop their students’ communication skill set. In this course, ELA teachers unpack the core practice of facilitating productive discourse into component parts, or “moves,” then practice these moves with other teachers, in lab settings, and in their own classrooms. 

Keywords: discussion, English language arts teachers, Common Core, all levels of experience

Audience: 9-12 Teachers Duration: Monthly, 2015-2016 School Year
Format of Course: Blended (Face-to-Face and Online) Cost: $200
Units: 2 Status: Open

Location: Stanford University, School sites, Online portal

Course Facilitators: 

Melissa ScheveMs. Scheve’s work focuses on working with the CSET faculty and staff to develop and implement the Hollyhock Fellowship program with an emphasis on providing summer professional development and school year support for the high school teachers chosen as Hollyhock Center Fellows. Her background includes extensive experience teaching high school ELA in rural, private, suburban, and most recently, urban contexts; serving as an ELA department chair and mentor teacher; and leading curriculum and professional development sessions for a network of charter schools. She holds a BS in secondary English education from Kansas State University, an MA in English from the University of Kansas, and  National Board Teacher Certification since 1998.