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R.E.A.L. Discussion - Building a Discussion Skills Strategy: Hard, Necessary, and Absolutely Worth It
Wednesday, November 30, 2022, 9:30 AM - 2:00 PM CDT
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November 30, 2022

9:30am-2:30pm (check in at 9:15am)
Harpeth Hall School, Nashville

Description of this interactive workshop: 
What if we taught Gen-Z. how to talk and listen to each other? Come learn how!
In the interactive workshop we will focus on:

  • Humanities Design Sprint: Kickstarting a Discussion Strategy for Your School
  • Building a Discussion Skills Strategy: Hard, Necessary, and Absolutely Worth It
  • Reframing Class Discussion in Today's World: from purpose to practice

Target Audience:
Middle and Upper School 
Social Science, English, and Humanities Teachers / Department Chairs
Division Heads and Deans of Faculty

Pricing Per Person:
TAIS Member Schools: $165
Guests: $245
Snacks and Lunch are included in your registration.



From Sumner McCallie, Dean of Faculty and Curriculum at McCallie School
Discussions are central to engaged classrooms. Frequently, though, we teachers end up running quasi-discussions where we as the adult are still the centerpiece of the process. Liza did a super job of helping us think through a more inclusive way to approach classroom conversations where the students are their own facilitators. The PD session was superbly organized, exceptionally clear, and completely engaging, with a lot of laughter in the midst of raising deeply thoughtful points. Moreover, the training and support has continued into the year, with materials, guidance, and mentoring opportunities. Just a month into school, we are already seeing a transformation in the classes where we are using the R.E.A.L.approach.

From Lynne Macziewski, Associate Head at GPS
"In a world where discussion about controversial (or noncontroversial!) topics has been increasingly difficult for many students, we at GPS sought a way to provide our girls with discussion tools, resources, and an understanding of the importance of thoughtful discourse. A partnership with R.E.A.L. Discussion has become the clear path forward for our school community as we continue to create an environment where all voices are heard and all perspectives are valued.
This partnership and curriculum have allowed our students, faculty, and staff to engage in conversations in a healthy and helpful way by encouraging all involved to listen to others, acknowledge their thoughts and ideas, ask clarifying questions, and share their perspectives in a positive manner. It does not teach all students that they must agree nor does it put one person or one voice above the others. In fact, it's the complete opposite. R.E.A.L. encourages civil discourse and teaches our students how to use their voice in a way that helps us grow in our understanding of the lived experiences of others and the world around us.
Additionally, parents who often fear their daughter's voice may get lost in the mix have shared with us that they are thrilled to have a way for all students to feel empowered to share their thoughts and ideas and for their daughter to be encouraged to share her perspectives and to be encouraged to fully participate through R.E.A.L. discussion."

About the Presenter:
Liza Garonzik is the Founder of R.E.A.L. Discussion, a program that trains faculty to teach Gen-Z students the discussion skills they need for success in learning — and real life. Her work is informed by an interdisciplinary research base and experience as a student, teacher, administrator, and trustee in diverse independent schools. She holds a BA from Harvard College and MSEd from University of Pennsylvania. Get in touch at [email protected] — there's little she loves more than a great conversation!



TAIS Board-Approved Cancellation Policy
Attendees will receive a full refund for an in-person event if they cancel up to three weeks prior to the event and a 50% refund up to two weeks before the event. Refunds are not possible after two weeks prior to the event due to the costs incurred for food orders and other administrative and setup fees. All refunds will reflect a 15% administration fee.