Socratic Seminar

Bringing Socratic Seminar Into Your Classroom

What is a Socratic Seminar?

According to The National Paideia Center Socratic Seminars can be defined as a “collaborative, intellectual dialogue facilitated with open-ended questions about a text.”

The purpose of this two-day workshop is to support teachers in using Socratic Seminar with their students in order to achieve a deeper understanding about the ideas and values in a text.

Students question and examine issues and principles as they relate to specific content and articulate different points-of-view. By using this group discussion technique, the students construct meaning through disciplined analysis, interpretation, listening, and participation.

In a Socratic Seminar, students are the ones that are responsible for the quality of the discussion which is not about right answers or a debate, but about thinking aloud, exchanging ideas and examining them in a rigorous and thoughtful manner.

The implementation of the Socratic Seminar in a classroom with continued use has significantly improved student achievement in reading, writing, speaking, and listening. The use of Socratic Seminar has increased motivation since students are able to generate and express their own ideas and a more respectful school culture emerges as students learn communication skills.

This professional development series will focus on all four Domains of Charlotte Danielson’s Framework for Teaching.

Day 1-Bringing Socratic Seminar Into Your Classroom*

Monday, Nov. 9th, 9am-3pm

453 Maple Street

Grove City, PA


Middle and high school content area teachers, learning support teachers, gifted support teachers, teachers of art and music, and any teacher who would like to bring deeper thinking and discussion into their classrooms to support student learning.

Midwestern Intermediate Unit IV


Day 1-November 9, 2015*

Day 2-January 6, 2016

* This is Day 1 of a 2-Day series.

ACT 48:

10 hours

You must attend both days to acquire ACT 48 hours.


$130.00 includes materials and lunch

Deadline for registration is October 30, 2015. If for some reason you cannot attend and do not cancel your registration before the day of the event you will be charged the full amount.

Please access Edulink registration below. If you do not have an Edulink account please create one before registering.

Any questions about registration please contact Denise Lemmon, Secretary to the Director of Curriculum, Instruction, and Assessment at 724-458-6700 x 1217 or

Any questions about the sessions please contact Marilyn Goodrich, TAC, at 724-458-6700 x1290 or

Inclement Weather & Special Accommodations

In case of inclement weather, please call MIU IV prior to your departure to hear changes, if any, to the day's schedule. Call 1-800-942-8035 x 1370 or 724-458-6700 x 1370. All delays and/or cancellations will be recorded on the phone system no later than 6:30 A. M. on the day of the event and will be updated as needed.

If you would like to attend and require special accommodations, please telephone 724-458-6700 x 1217