Book Studies Starting in October
Free copy of the books available!
Onward (by Elena Aguilar) (K-12)
20 CTLE hours (10/18-3/18)
Online with one hour Zoom on 3rd Monday each month.
Elena Aguilar’s book offers a path to resiliency to help teachers weather the storms and bounce back—and work toward banishing the rain for good. Deep introspection allows participants to verbalize feelings, name challenges, and identify the tools they have and the tools they need— from there, you’ll explore each of the 12 Key Habits and learn how to put them into practice every day.
Book Whisperer (by Donalyn Miller) (Gr 4-10)
15 CTLE hours (10/4-11/29/2021) Completely online
Donalyn Miller says she has yet to meet a child she couldn't turn into a reader. No matter how far behind Miller's students might be when they reach her 6th grade classroom, they end up reading an average of 40 to 50 books a year. Miller's unconventional approach dispenses with drills and worksheets that make reading a chore. Instead, she helps students navigate the world of literature and gives them time to read books they pick out themselves. Miller will tell you the stories and give you the skills you need to create a classroom full of readers. If you are dreaming of new ways to have your students read more books - this is the study for you!
Hillbilly Elegy (J.D. Vance)
15 CTLE hours (10/4-11/22/2021)
Online with two ZOOM meetings
Vance explores how and when “hillbillies” lost faith in the American dream and in any hope of upward mobility through the prism of Vance and his mother and grandparents. Vance’s text will be used to explore the themes of rural identity, upward mobility, and social identity, as well as the strengths of our rural communities. Participants will reflect on their own unique school communities while considering the forces shaping rural education within its historical context.
Hacking School Discipline: 9 Ways to Create a Culture of Empathy & Responsibility Using Restorative Justice
15 CTLE (10/18-12/5) Online with two ZOOM meetings
"Every day brings a new chance to connect with your most difficult students and inspire them with relentless kindness and encouragement." This book is a great beginners' bible for restorative practices and disciplinary tools that reduce repeated negative behaviors while enhancing communication and collaboration.