Sandi Novak & Cara Slattery: Student-Led Discourse, A Missing Link to Student Achievement

Questions? Please contact Amy Ruppert, program assistant at 920.236.0562

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Agency: CESA 6
Agency Contact: Kathy Schmitt
Agency Assistant: Amy Ruppert 920-236-0562
Location Facility Date Time Notes
CESA 06 - Conference Center
2300 State Rd. 44
Oshkosh, WI 54904
Conference Center-Solutions 10/10/2017 08:30 AM - 03:00 PM
Online Web 1/9/2018 02:30 PM - 04:30 PM
Online Web 3/6/2018 02:30 PM - 04:30 PM

In this unique opportunity, participants will work with Sandi Novak and Cara Slattery, experts on student discourse and authors of Deep Discourse: A Framework for Cultivating Student-Led Discussions, to learn a framework for implementing student-led classroom discussions that improve student learning, motivation, and engagement across all subject areas. Participants will learn to design and execute lessons that seamlessly build student discourse skills while delivering content.

Session topics and objectives

October 10, 2017
Session 1
(In-person session @ CESA 6 Conference Center): The Nuts and Bolts of Giving Voice and Leadership to Students

  • Teachers will receive explicit instruction in a framework for training students to engage in talk about the content.
  • Teachers will be equipped with the tools and supported through the planning of a series of lessons.

January 9th and March 6, 2018
Sessions 2 & 3 
(Online sessions): How it Went, What we Learned and Next Steps

  • One teacher from each participating district will share a lesson plan and one videotaping of the student-led conversation connected to that lesson plan. Instructors and other cohort members will offer feedback.

Who should attend?

Secondary-level content area teachers, literacy and instructional leaders (coaches and/or principals). We encourage school-level teams to participate together, but all participants are welcome even if not attending as part of a team.

To the first session (onsite), participants must bring:

  • A unit plan and related reading materials (teacher and student).


CESA 6 makes every effort to accommodate basic dietary needs such as vegetarian, gluten free and basic food allergies. Because of the number of meals served and the number of items used each day, along with food product changes from our food vendors, we cannot guarantee that every allergen in the food served will be identified and labeled. Guests concerned with food allergies must be aware of this risk. CESA 6 does not assume liability for adverse reactions to food consumed or items one may come into contact with while eating at a CESA 6 event. To better serve our guests with dietary restrictions or allergies, please go into your myQuickReg account and update the special accommodations section. Notice of a special dietary need must be made in advance of the event.

Cancellation Policy:

Any registration cancellation must be received 48 business hours before the scheduled date for a refund to be issued. Because attendance at most sessions is limited, persons registering and not in attendance on the day of the session will be charged the full registration fee. CESA 6 reserves the right to cancel any session due to insufficient enrollment. Participants will be notified by email or phone if a cancellation occurs.