In June, R.E.A.L.® is virtually convening Humanities teachers to discuss discussion.
Why? Because discussion is hard in-person, harder online, and more important than ever.
We hope you'll join us.
We're working on building a website with more info about R.E.A.L. But, until then, we wanted to let you know that the conversation will unfold in three formats. Choose your own adventure!
All seminar and course participants will leave with routines to make student-led discussion rigorous, equitable and efficient. R.E.A.L. will be introduced as mastery model that can direct planning, integrating, and assessing student-led discussion; we hope you’ll adapt it to fit your students, style, and content! Teachers from independent, international, and charter schools will share their experience using R.E.A.L. in their own contexts. Everyone will receive copies of the R.E.A.L. Teacher Guide, expanded to include materials for Gr. 6-8 and Gr. 9-12 as well as a toolkit for implementing R.E.A.L. online.
A note on pricing: We recognize that the COVID-19 pandemic has undercut funding at many great schools. That said, equity is a cornerstone of R.E.A.L.! We will do whatever we can to bring your – and, ultimately, your students’ – voices to the table. If you or your team is interested in learning with R.E.A.L. this summer but unable to pay full price, please email Liza.
A Note from the Facilitator
My mission started at the end of second period. My eighth graders had just scraped through a "Harkness" discussion about Lord of the Flies....and I wondered: "How can we do this differently?"
Since then, I have spent seven years studying discussion – in my own classroom, at grad school, and in conversation with honest students, generous colleagues, and experts kind enough to return cold calls. From the beginning, I’ve been oriented by two guiding principles: first, that Gen-Z students deserve to experience the tradition of collaborative intellectual inquiry that has defined the Humanities across generations; and second, that when done well, student-led discussion is a powerful opportunity for students to feel known, respected, and equipped to be citizens and contributors in the “real" world. Here’s what I know, now.
I hope that in R.E.A.L., you find a solution to make your students’ voices heard — but I also hope that you join the conversation. The true power of R.E.A.L. transcends individual classrooms. It lies in the discovery that will emerge when we, as educators, commit to equipping students from diverse schools with common standards for discourse. I cannot wait for that discussion to take off!
With gratitude and excitement,
(She'd love to hear from you!)