The ability to communicate effectively is increasingly recognized as an important skill for students entering the workforce. Two new initiatives that guide educators - the College and Career Readiness Standards and the Framework for 21st Century Learning - identify communication and collaboration as key elements of student learning. The standards particularly describe the importance of students understanding the reasoning of others and engaging in meaningful conversations using critical thinking.

Stanford University's Graduate School of Education has launched a short online course designed specifically to help educators create rich and meaningful opportunities for communication within the classroom. The course, Effective...

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