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April 2020Deeper DiscussionsVolume 77, No. 7
DESCRIPTIONGet ready for some conversation! With oral communication skills increasingly seen as central to student growth and success, the April 2020 issue of Educational Leadership explores the critical topic of “Deeper Discussions”—looking at ways educators can break free of passive-learning conventions and use classroom conversations to promote higher-order thinking, effective communication, social-emotional skills, and equity.
14 Empowering Children Through Dialogue and DiscussionWendy L. OstroffDone thoughtfully, classroom dialogue is a natural way to help young children think and learn.
22 Your Words MatterMike AndersonThree language shifts teachers can make to get classroom discussions flowing.
28 In Class Discussions, Slow and Steady WinsKevin S. KrahenbuhlClassroom conversations should be a refuge from our fast-paced, me-first culture.
34 A Better Way to Assess DiscussionsAlexis WigginsWhen teachers give a group grade for discussions, students focus on collaboration—not “airtime.”
39 Courageous Conversations for Equity and AgencyAnne Vilen and Ron BergerGrappling with tough topics broadens students’ perspectives and empowers them as civic actors.
45 The Power of Protocols for EquityZaretta Hammond Structured protocols can help teachers ensure equitable participation and create more culturally responsive discussions.
52 Opening Up the Conversation—and Students’ ThinkingTerry RobertsA seminar format for student discussion can strengthen both critical and creative thinking.
58 Deeper Discussions in Math Add UpLauraMarie ColemanThe importance of getting students to think—and talk—like mathematicians.
63 Let’s Talk MathMeghan Everette and Benjamin ShuldinerA PD program in Salt Lake City is bringing math teachers into the conversation.
68 Blogging About BooksJennifer Stewart-MitchellTaking discussions online can help students open up and get creative.
72 Three Strategies for Better Online DiscussionsMichael B. SherryHow can we encourage students to go deeper in digital discussions?
75 How Technology Is Changing Teachers’ Discussion SkillsJacqueline DarvinSchools strive to balance tech fluency with face-to-face communication skills.
9 Reader’s Guide/Better Listening, Better TeachingAnthony Rebora
80 Research Matters/Forget the Leading Role Bryan Goodwin and Max AltmanIn effective classroom discussions, teachers aren’t always the heroes.
82 Show & Tell: A Video Column/Take a Closer Look at Close ReadingDouglas Fisher and Nancy FreyUse the power of close reading to deepen student discussions about texts.
84 Leading Together/Deepening Faculty DialogueJill Harrison BergProtocols can help educators facilitate more impactful discussions.
86 Confronting Inequity/Schooled in DebateMatthew R. KayA father’s lessons in verbal sparring and building confidence.
88 One to Grow On/Eight Steps to Teaching In-Depth Discussion SkillsCarol Ann TomlinsonHow to foster discussions that defy our busy, sound-bite-saturated age.
6 Readers React
87 Index to Advertisers
90 Tell Us About/Educators share experiences with navigating tough conversations.
93 Whole Child Spotlight: On Discussion Skills
94 ASCD Community in Action
96 EL Takeaways/Dynamic Discussions
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A Better Route with Conversation MapsJon SimmonsWith just a pen and paper, you can track classroom discussions to ensure all voices are being heard.
Moving Beyond “Popcorn” DiscussionsJeff ZwiersHow can we get beyond shallow student discussions? By using the right approach and tools to sharpen skills at building up ideas.
Educational LeadershipNovember 2019A Culture of CoachingVolume 77, No. 3
Instructional coaching and leadership coaching have become key forms of educator professional development and growth. The November 2019 issue of Educational Leadership looks at the dynamics of effective coaching and how schools can create the right conditions to support it.
Educational LeadershipDecember 2019/January 2020Building Bridges for ELLsVolume 77, Number 4
English language learners (ELLs) are the fastest-growing student population group in the United States. Yet most teachers are not trained to work with these learners. The December 2019/January 2020 issue of Educational Leadership explores strategies and school cultural shifts to improve instruction and opportunities for ELLs and make schools more intentionally supportive, enriching spaces for these students.
Educational LeadershipFebruary 2020Rooted in ReadingVolume 77, No. 5
DescriptionDeveloping strong, enthusiastic readers is one of the central objectives of schools, and yet reading instruction is often beset by complex structural challenges, shifting resources, and competing priorities. The February 2020 issue of Educational Leadership is "Rooted in Reading," as we dig deep into the nuances of effective reading instruction and uncover the best strategies to support student engagement in reading at all levels.
Educational LeadershipMarch 2020The Empowered StudentVolume 77, Number 6
How do educators create lessons and school environments that foster student agency and expression? The March 2020 issue of Educational Leadership on "The Empowered Student" will explore the strategies that best cultivate student innovation and creativity as opposed to passive learning.
Educational LeadershipMay 2020Learning and the BrainVolume 77, Number 8
The May 2020 issue of Educational Leadership explores the increasingly compelling connections between brain science and the classroom. With research in neuroscience shedding new light on how students learn best, the issue aims to help educators make the most of this information to promote whole child development—and determine how they can sort genuine scientific findings from myths and hearsay.