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Authentic Student Talk

Facilitating Rigorous Discussion in the Common Core Classroom

Course Objective: By the end of this course, participants will be equipped with the pedagogical moves to facilitate an authentic, text-based, and 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 ELA teachers to develop their students’ communication skill set. In this course, 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. See syllabus here

Keywords: Speaking and Listening Standards, facilitating discussion, Common Core, ELA 6-12

ELA and History teachers grades 6-12

Dates & Times: 

  • 26 Oct 2016, 5 - 8 PM
  • 16 Nov 2016, 5 - 8 PM
  • TBD Dec (virtual - date/time decided by teacher pairs)
  • 18 Jan 2017, 5 - 8 PM
  • 22 Feb 2017, 5 - 8 PM
  • TBD Mar (virtual - date/time decided by teacher pairs)
  • 19 Apr 2017, 5 - 8 PM

Format of Course: From October 2016- April 2017, there will be five in-person class meetings and two virtual meetings. If teachers are interested in taking the entire course virtually, webinars and video chats can be made available in lieu of in-person meetings.


  • $350 (Individual)
  • $300 (Group - 3 or more teachers from the same school or district)
Units: 2 Status: Open

Course Facilitators: 

Melissa Scheve Ms. 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.