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Friday, August 23 • 8:30am - 10:30am
Keynote Address: Planning, Enacting, and Reflecting Together: A Close Look at Classroom Discussions That Support All Learners

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How can classroom discussion really work as a tool for inviting all learners into rich academic discussions with their grade level peers? In their keynote address, Professors Andrea Bien and Catherine O'Connor take up this question by drawing on their collaborative work with BPS teachers and students. They will start from a place of recognizing the deeply complex work classroom discussion demands of teachers and students. Then they will unpack one particular type of discussion that has the potential to create openings for all students to participate. They will focus on the role of questions in expanding or limiting opportunities for access to both the discussion and to academic content. They will share cases of BPS teachers engaging together in cycles of planning, enacting, and reflecting on classroom discussions that support all learners. Professors Bien and O'Connor hope to contribute to teachers’ thinking about how to facilitate classroom discussions, while considering questions such as discussion about what, for whom and with whom? In addition, they will describe expanded possibilities for how teachers can do this intellectual work together.

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Dr. Cathy O'Connor

Professor of Education and Linguistics in Boston University’s Wheelock College of Education & Human DevelopmentResearcher on classroom discourse for over 25 yearsPartner with schools and districts on professional development to support classroom discussion for all students

Friday August 23, 2019 8:30am - 10:30am EDT
Regency Room