Lifting Every Voice Through Academic Discourse & Public Speaking (1 Credit)


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Lifting Every Voice through Academic Discourse and Public Speaking – Online Professional Development Course

This 1-credit online course is designed to give teachers practical ways they can help students find their voices and develop their public speaking skills.

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LAUSD Course Code: NA-11-134
UMass Global University Course Code: EDLU 9949

Course Description

“Public speaking” doesn’t only apply to standing on a stage in front of thousands of people and giving a speech. Public speaking takes place every day in classrooms, but not all students are comfortable with it. If you’d like to help your students speak up and speak out, you’ll enjoy this online class on public speaking. Many students are afraid to speak up about issues that are important to them. Or they might want to be heard, but don’t know how to jump into the discussions. In this professional development course for teachers, you’ll learn how to make a difference in your student’s lives by facilitating and accommodating participation from all of your students. The course includes real-world tips and strategies for helping students articulate their ideas, negotiate and discuss them with others, and strengthen their points of view and voices.

Designed for all types of teachers, this online professional development course on public speaking and academic discourse includes best practices for:

  • how to incorporate more academic discourse throughout content instruction
  • how to facilitate debate, speech-giving, and spoken word
  • how to overcome barriers to effective speaking

This 1-credit online course is approved by LAUSD for salary points and by other districts in California for professional development credits or graduate-level credits available through University of Massachusetts Global. You can check with your school district to find out which professional development credit type you need.

Learning Outcomes

In this online course, you’ll learn how to help students engage in academic discourse and improve their public speaking skills.

Number of Professional Development Credits / Salary Points

Teachers throughout California and the U.S. can earn 1 professional development credit by completing this online course or 1 graduate level credit (awarded through University of Massachusetts Global, formerly known as Brandman University). This course is also worth 1 salary point awarded by the LAUSD (Los Angeles Unified School District), depending on the credit type you choose.

Target Audience

This course is designed for all types of Pre-K through 12th grade teachers, including: early childhood education teachers, elementary school teachers, middle school teachers, high school teachers, special education teachers, staff, and administrators.

NA-11-134 is the LAUSD course code for Academic Discourse and Public Speaking which you’ll need to use to get credit for salary points from the Los Angeles Unified School District (LAUSD).

Additional Information/Questions

Here’s additional information about the Academic Discourse and Public Speaking online professional development course:

  • This course is 100% online – the coursework and interaction.
  • You’ll have six months to complete all of your coursework from the date that you purchase this online course.
  • Once you’ve successfully completed the Academic Discourse and Public Speaking course, you’ll earn 1 LAUSD salary point, 1 professional development credit, or 1 graduate-level professional development credit.

If you have any questions about the Academic Discourse and Public Speaking course, or any of our other professional development online courses, please email

Related Courses

If you’re interested in Academic Discourse and Public Speaking you might also like these related online courses:

  • Lifting Every Voice through Creative Writing and Publishing (3 credits / LAUSD Salary Points)
  • Arts Integration for Equity and Excellence – Music (3 credits / LAUSD Salary Points)


Disclaimer: This online professional development class has been approved by the LAUSD and UTLA Joint Salary Point Credit Committee. Please note, however, that the LAUSD does not endorse this online class provider over any other.


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Take this online course to earn 1 LAUSD salary point and/or 1 university graduate credit.

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1 LAUSD Salary Point, 1 Professional Development Credit, 1 UMass Global Graduate-Level PD Credit

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