About Sophie Haroutunian-Gordon

Sophie Haroutunian-Gordon is Professor emerita, School of Education and Social Policy, and the former director of the Master of Science in Education Program, at Northwestern University. She conducts research on topics related to the philosophy of education. Her book, Interpretive Discussion: Engaging Students in Text-Based Conversations was published in March 2014.

Past Teacher Forums:

  • 2014 - The Moral Dilemmas of Teaching - Small Moments that Matter with Anna Richert
  • 2013 - Silence in the Classroom, with Kathy Schultz
  • 2012 - Seeing Learning, with Steve Seidel
  • 2011 - Cultivating an Ethic of Excellence in Schools, with Ron Berger
  • 2010 - Collaborative Learning in the Classroom: Awaken the Joy of Interpreting Texts, with Orit Kent
  • 2009 - Accountable Talk: Classroom Conversations that Promote Learning, with Dr. Sarah Michaels


Sophie Haroutunian-Gordon

Sophie Haroutunian-Gordon

Interpretive Discussion: Engaging Students in Text-Based Conversations

Sunday, February 8, 2015
Brandeis University

How can teachers prepare and lead powerful conversations about texts?

Teachers in all subject areas are seeking ways to help students engage with and meaningfully discuss many different types of texts (e.g., literary, historical, scientific). Sophie Haroutunian-Gordon presented an interactive workshop on "interpretive discussion," her approach to effective text discussion, and guided teachers through a carefully refined process for preparing, leading and reflecting on these conversations. This approach can be used with students of all ages.

Each year, the Mandel Center Teacher Forum brings educators together to explore central ideas in teaching and learning.

The 2015 Teacher Forum was co-sponsored by the Jack, Joseph and Morton Mandel Center for Studies in Jewish Education and the Delet Alumni Network (DAN)