Academic Conversations

Engage ALL learners in academic collaborative conversations.


Learn interactive strategies and linguistic tools to structure conversations that:

  • Elevate student thinking and language use
  • Build students’ collaboration skills
  • Deepen content learning
  • Engage ALL learners, especially ELs

This was a very engaging, very practical workshop.  I now have many strategies I can use to ensure that all students have the tools to use and understand academic language.

Dorothy Hughes, Hebrew Academy of Tidewater

Tonya Ward Singer trained 800 of our elementary teachers in structured verbal engagement strategies.  Her presentation was excellent and was so well received that teachers across the district began using her strategies in the classroom the very next day with great success.

Lisa Kotowski, Administrative Director, Lodi Unified School District

Participants analyze video lessons, and engage in model lessons to learn how to deepen and extend collaborative conversations.  Handouts include interactive strategies, planning scaffolds, word continuums, and linguistic frames.

This workshop is fully customizable to emphasize specific grade level(s), content area(s), and align with local curricula and professional learning priorities.