Rigorous Discourse - Two- day program

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


  • RIASP member - fee includes two days
  • RIASP Member Guest - Fee includes two days
  • Fee includes two days


Rigorous Discourse - Two- day program

Audience: K-12 Educators, Administrators

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? 

In this two day workshop we will: 

  •  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.

Presenter: Mary O’Brien Merrigan, PhD Mary 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. 

Dates: November 1, 2019 and January 27, 2020

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