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Unlocking the Power of Classroom Talk – In Person and Online

Presented By Shana Frazin and Katy Wischow

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Date and Time

Four, 75-minute webinar sessions from 5:30pm to 6:45pm Eastern Time (ET).

  • Wednesday, May 5, 2021 (Archived)
  • Wednesday, May 12, 2021
  • Wednesday, May 19, 2021
  • Wednesday, May 26, 2021

Please note that this webinar series is scheduled for Eastern Time (ET). If you are in a different time zone, please plan your schedule accordingly.


Picture the kinds of discussions in which you'd like your kids to engage. Imagine students in class—virtually or in person—leaning in, listening, participating thoughtfully, building on each other's ideas, and coming to new insights, whether it's a talk about a book, a science experiment, or a math problem. Imagine them in breakout rooms, videos on, eagerly talking over a shared screen or excitedly adding to the chat box.

This webinar series is about making your classroom conversations soar. You'll start off studying a "cycle" for talk, like the writing process, that can illuminate places where talk can be stronger. We'll explore how talk will look different depending on the purpose for the talk and where you are in the talk cycle. Shana and Katy will explore several purposes for talk and teach you fun, concrete strategies that will help you strengthen both your teaching and your students' talk.

Together, we'll try out strategies and tools to make talk dynamic and meaningful in a virtual learning environment, and we'll consider how online talk can both open up talk opportunities and pose challenges. Each webinar will be hands-on, and the strategies you learn will work this year and beyond. You'll learn how to support your students in having conversations that result in growth and change, even in virtual or socially-distanced classrooms.

Learning Objectives


  • Engage in the talk cycle to develop an understanding how each part of the cycle works
  • Apply the talk cycle to predictable classroom conversation scenarios
  • Practice strategies to bring this talk cycle to life in the classroom


  • Learn about different purposes for talk that are especially potent in the classroom
  • Participate in talking for different purposes to learn concrete ways of bringing each purpose to life
  • Practice predictable methods of coaching into these different kinds of conversations


  • Think deeply about how to support students in developing their listening practices
  • Deepen their knowledge of the barriers to developing strong listening skills and how to overcome these hurdles
  • Practice teaching moves that can change the quality of listening in their students


  • Learn oncrete ways to assess student talk (and to help them self-assess!)
  • Study student talk in action and practice assessing and giving feedback
  • Work out practical, classroom-tested solutions for tackling talk trouble and create an action plan for their own classrooms

About the Presenters

Both Shana Frazin and Katy Wischow work with the Teachers College Reading and Writing Project, supporting schools and educators around the world with literacy instruction. Shana is the codirector of TCRWP Classroom Libraries and a senior staff developer. Katy is a senior staff developer who coleads the Project's secondary work. Both Shana and Katy work primarily with students and teachers in grades 3-8. They are the authors of Unlocking the Power of Classroom Talk: Teaching Kids to Talk with Clarity and Purpose, which informs this webinar.

Who should participate?

Classroom teachers of grades 3-9, preservice educators, administrators, curriculum coordinators, and staff developers.

Special 2021 Tuition Fee

The cost of this four-part webinar series is $125.00 per person. Tuition also includes access to the webinar series recording for 60 days.

Related Book

To support your learning in this webinar, we highly recommend Unlocking the Power of Classroom Talk: Teaching Kids to Talk with Clarity and Purpose.


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Upcoming Dates & Locations

05/05/2021-05/26/2021 - Join Us in Progress

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Availability: Available When: 05/05/2021 - 05/26/2021* Where: Online

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