ASCD Express is looking for 600–1,000-word essays or brief multimedia content on the theme “Deeper Discussions.” Guidelines for submissions are here; please send your submissions to email@example.com by February 15.
Long considered ancillary to other academic priorities, oral communication skills are now increasingly seen as central to student growth and success. This issue will consider ways to go beyond traditional formats for classroom exchanges to discussions that promote higher-order thinking, effective communication, and social-emotional learning skills. What discussion strategies actively engage all students—not just outspoken students, but also introverted ones, students with learning disabilities, and English language learners? How can teachers facilitate nuanced discussions on tough topics, developing students’ ability to consider other perspectives and exchange differing opinions? The issue will also look at how discussion skills contribute to whole child learning and development and how educators can foster more effective discussions among themselves.