Rigorous Discourse

  • November 01, 2019
  • 8:00 AM - 3:00 PM
  • 2480 Post Road, Warwick RI 3rd Floor (RIASP Office Building)


  • November 1st session only.
  • November 1, 2019 only.
  • November 1, 2019 only
  • November 1, 2019 only for team of 3 or more. Code required

Registration is closed

Rigorous Discourse 
Featuring Presenter: Dr. Mary Merrigan

Audience: K-12 Educators, Administrators 

Dates: November 1, 2019 

Check In8:00am-8:30am 

Session: 8:30am-3:00pm 

Link to register 

Location: RIASP Office Building: 2480 Post Road, Warwick, RI.

Cost of Session:

  • Member Fee & Member Guest for both days $360 each.
  • Member Fee &  Member Guest for Nov 1st only $230 each
  • Non Member Fee for both days $390 each.
  • Non Member Fee for November 1st only $280
  • Team of 3 or more $340 each (code required).
  • Team of 3 or more $215 each for Nov 1st only (code required0.
  • Email nletoile@riasp.org
Essential Questions: 
  • What is Rigor? What does it look like? What does it sound like?
  • What are the structures in schools that support rigor? 
  • What are the essential elements of school culture necessary to reach for rigor? How do we effectively engage all students with instruction, content, and each other? 
  • What are academic conversations? 
  • What do they look like How do we give feedback to students about the clarity and quality of their thinking and sharing? 
  • What talk moves need to be taught, modeled, and practiced in classrooms to build in rigor? 
  • What resources are available for implementing this initiative within your classroom or school? 

Learning Outcomes:

  • Build clarity among participants about what rigor is and what it looks like in classrooms.  

  • Explore the structures, cultures and instruction that support rigor. 

  • Understand the initiate, respond, evaluate instructional pattern, and its limitations in building rigor.

  • Unpack resources for supporting Evidenced-based Rigorous Discourse.

Dr. Mary Merrigan, brings more than 25 years of experience in public education to Teachers 21.  She provides instructional coaching support to classroom teachers focused on best practice and RTI data collection and analysis.  Mary holds a deep commitment to embedded, adult learning goals for teachers in all aspects of her coaching and consultancy endeavors, drawing heavily from her doctoral study insights involving professional learning communities.   She has earned great praise for her efforts in training mentors, helping develop professional learning communities, working with teacher teams, and coaching administrators to support implementation of rigorous instructional initiatives.  Mary earned her Bachelor of Arts in Elementary Education from UMASS/Amherst, her Master’s Degree in School Administration from Bridgewater State College, and her Doctorate in Educational Studies from Lesley University. 

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