Equity and Knowledge Construction in Classroom and Online Discussions 7/20, 7/23, 8/3

Most educators value opportunities for their students to share ideas and express their learning through discussion. However, anyone who has tried their hand at facilitating a large discussion, both online and in classrooms, can speak to its challenges. And many researchers find that teachers believing they foster discussion actually close down or limit student speech, often unintentionally - and with inequitable impacts. This course aims to build on the strengths that practicing educators bring, while addressing practice- and equity-based challenges, such as: How can I encourage particular types of participation and listening, including with sensitive topics? How should I respond to problematic language - or inaccurate ideas - without shaming the student? When and how should I share my own perspective, especially with open questions or issues? Educators will plan and lead multiple forms of text-based discussions relevant to their content area, age group, and student demographics. Through reflection and readings on teacher authority, positionality, and equity in learning, educators will deepen their understanding of their role within discussions as a form of knowledge construction. This project-based course will close with presentations and constructive feedback on participants’ lesson sketch for a future discussion in their learning setting.

This course is designed for grades 3-12 educators in any subject/content area who rely on discussion as an instructional method and/or assessment strategy.

Participants will meet in three online synchronous sessions (3-5pm PST on July 20, 27, and August 3). Participants will also complete approximately 1.5 hours of asynchronous reading and coursework between sessions (3 hours total).

This course is offered for 9 clock hours.

Registration is limited to 20 participants. Please join our waitlist if the course becomes full. We will contact you in the event that a seat becomes available or an additional date/time of the course is created.  For questions, please contact professionallearning@uw.edu.