New college-and-career-ready standards emphasize the importance of speaking, listening and conversing not only as a means for learning, but also as a valuable goal of learning. This short summer course will help you to set up a classroom where rich learning occurs through face-to-face student conversations about disciplinary concepts. In three online sessions, you will learn how to bulk up your lessons and prepare for constructive conversations during the first month of school–when it counts the most.
Learn How To
- Model and build activities for cultivating constructive classroom conversations
- Create conversational opportunities within a lesson and craft effective prompts
- Set up an assessment plan and reflect on it to improve teaching and learning
- Kenji Hakuta Professor Emeritus of Education, Graduate School of Education
- Sara Rutherford-Quach Lecturer, Graduate School of Education
- Jeff Zwiers Senior Researcher, Graduate School of Education
Who Should Enroll?
K-12 teachers, ESL/ELD instructors, coaches, administrators and others who are interested in student conversations and seeking support to meet the language demands of the new college and career-ready standards.
This course consists of three online sessions, three weeks in a row. Each session includes expert video screencasts, classroom video clips, readings and resources, and assignments that will prompt participants to strengthen the curricular foundations of communication the first month of school.
- Session 1: Establishing a Classroom Culture of Conversation (August 2-8)
- Session 2: Creating Effective Conversation Prompts & Tasks (August 9-15)
- Session 3: Preparing for Effective & Efficient Formative Assessment of Conversations (August 16-22)
The course is $85 for individuals who self-register using this website. No other materials or textbooks need to be purchased.
Group registration is available by sending a list of participants' names and email addresses using this template to firstname.lastname@example.org. Upon receipt of the list of participants, the group coordinator will receive an invoice via email. Groups are eligible for discounted tuition based on the number of participants, as outlined below:
- 5-29 participants: $64 each
- 30-229 participants: $55 each
- 230 or more participants: $34 each
Record of Completion
Students will receive a Record of Completion upon finishing the course requirements. Please note that Stanford University makes no representation that participation in the course, including participation leading to a statement of accomplishment, will be accepted by any school district or other entity as evidence of professional development. Participants are solely responsible for determining whether participation in the course, including obtaining a record of completion, will be accepted by a school district, or any other entity, as evidence of professional development coursework.
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