115+ Teachers

98%  would recommend R.E.A.L. to a colleague.

1,900+ Students

One even said, "I can't believe I used to be scared to talk in class." 

30+ Schools

Think: big/small, boarding/day, single-sex/co-ed; you name it!

Liza Garonzik, Founder, R.E.A.L. Discussion

Thank you to visionary organizations who delivered PD in partnership with us. We are grateful! 

Spring 2021

Liza leaves her day job after eight years of researching, piloting, and iterating the R.E.A.L. curriculum. Why? Because educators deserve tools to teach today's students how to have better conversations. 

Association leaders are generous and creative in helping get the word out, hosting webinars and trainings (thank you @ AISNE, MSON, NCGS, NNSP, PAIS, and SAIS!).

Innovative school heads and department chairs take our calls – and we join them in dreaming big about making all students heard, every day. (Fun fact: 23/25 schools that had a R.E.A.L. "demo" enrolled!).

Summer 2021

118 Humanities Teachers  zoom during summer vacay to learn the R.E.A.L. method, showing their commitment to their students and their craft! They question, reflect, and laugh -- and teach us a lot, too.

Kel Morgan officially joins the team. She brings deep independent school experience and infinite empathy, creativity, and resourcefulness to her work in Partner Success. 

Up-for-anything interns power our logistics: curriculum delivery, PD details, and client service. Advice from Anne Lamott – say Help! Thanks! Wow! every day – keeps us sane. 

Fall 2021

Gen-Z students grow by leaps and bounds – and we gather data to share the story with teachers and the world (see Our Impact below!). 

Our community blossoms. R.E.A.L. teachers go to Office Hours and Study Sesh. We interview thought leaders on our blog – favorites include Suniya LutharNatalie Nixon, and Alexis Wiggins

Online Business Managers join the team and help R.E.A.L. Discussion grow up into its identity as a social enterprise. 

Across all of our classrooms,

we think about our impact in terms of our core values: 

rigor, belonging, and growth for all students.


"I can now actively listen and consistently process [my peers'] comments, even if I don't  agree perfectly with them." - High school student


"We have all begun to know each other better. We have learned that we are all different, and that's ok." - Middle school student


"In the first discussion I was completely silent... I am now more comfortable sharing my ideas." - High school student

Trends Across Classrooms: Trust Indicators

Great discussion requires trust. As we look across all R.E.A.L. classrooms, we measure trust in two ways:  Do students think the teacher is clear and fair?  Do students feel respected by each other?

See below for some typical results for trust curves in classrooms using R.E.A.L.

We are inspired by our schools and partners daily. Thank you for your trust, energy, and ambition!

Agnes Irwin School

Fessenden School

Nativity Preparatory School

St. Paul's School

Belmont Hill School

Girls Athletic School of LA

The Pembroke Hill School

Tabor Academy

Berkeley Carroll

Hackley School

Pomfret School

Ursuline Academy

Berwick Academy

The Hewitt School

Revolution School

University School of Nashville

Blair Academy

Hopkins School

Rock Point School

Vail Mountain School

Cannon School

The John Cooper School

Shady Side Academy

Waynflete School

Duchesne Academy of the Sacred Heart

Kingsley Montessori School

St. Andrew's Episcopal School (MS)

The Westminster Schools

Dexter Southfield School

Middlebridge School

St. Andrew's School (DE)

Wheeler School

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