Frequency: 4 book club meetings per book/ 2 sessions per week
When: Mondays / Wednesdays and Tuesdays/Thursdays
Time: 9:00am PT / 12:00pm ET
Duration: 60 minutes
Cost: FREE! *Purchase of the book is highly encouraged for participation.
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June 22,24, 29, July 1
Moderator: Jenny Pieratt
As schools quickly adapted to virtual learning this spring, pedagogy and student engagement was not always at the forefront of their decisions. Author Jenny Pieratt offers a practical approach to teaching and learning that promises engagement and rigor – no matter what your teaching context looks like in the fall. In this book club, Jenny will walk with you through the project planning process found in her books Keep It Real With PBL, Elementary and Secondary to help you make your PBL plan for the fall. Throughout the sessions, we'll also discuss best practices for integrating technology as a tool to help adapt for online, asynchronous, and blended learning activities.
June 23, 25, 30, July 2
Moderator: Peter DeWitt
COVID-19 launched educators and students into digital classrooms almost overnight. But as we settle into the "new normal" and look toward the fall, we need to move beyond a "pandemic teaching" mindset and toward a model for better remote and blended teaching and learning. In this book club, Peter DeWitt will help instructional leaders think through four key topics with regard to going back to school in the fall: Implementation, Focus on Learning, Student Engagement, and Efficacy & Impact. We'll discuss what each of these elements looks like in a remote or blended environment and how we can help support our students and teachers prepare for a positive learning experience.
July 13, 15, 20, 22
Moderators: John SanGiovanni, Susie Katt, Kevin Dykema
All students face struggle, and they should—it is how they learn and grow. The teacher’s job is not to remove struggle, but rather to value and harness it, helping students develop good habits of productive struggle. But what’s missing for many educators is an action plan for how to achieve this, especially when it comes to math. As we look to instruction in the fall, it will be more important than ever to help students struggle productively through their mathematics learning—which may be taking place under unfamiliar circumstances and in a variety of settings. Persevering through difficult challenges to reach new learning is the core of Productive Math Struggle. Learn and discuss the six specific actions—including valuing, fostering, building, planning, supporting, and reflecting on struggle— you can take to create a game plan for helping students overcome their math learning obstacles.
July 14, 16, 21, 23
Moderator: Paul Emerich France
In these unprecedented times, humanizing digital learning is more important than ever. In Reclaiming Personalized Learning, Paul Emerich France differentiates between humanized and dehumanized personalization, imploring teachers to move away from technology-driven practices that require students to learn through automated programs or hyper-individualized content tracks. The global pandemic has only intensified the need for critical discussions on digital pedagogy and how to restore humanity and equity in a time where many of us feel more disconnected than ever. Over the course of our four meetings, we’ll discuss how to humanize distance learning sessions using the three dimensions of personalization, and develop an action plan for how to humanize your distance learning practices for the future.
July 27, 29, Aug 3, 5
Moderators: Douglas Fisher and Nancy Frey
Teaching at a distance doesn’t need to be crisis teaching. This book club series delves into the evidence on best teaching, assessment, and planning practices in your online classroom.
July 28, 30, Aug 4, 6
Moderators: Douglas Fisher and Nancy Frey
School leaders are guiding staff through uncharted territory. This book club series focuses on how school leaders can prepare teachers for robust learning at a distance.
This book club is most relevant for school leaders, but all are welcome.
Aug 10, 12, 17, 19
Moderator: Ben Springer
De-escalating aggressive student behavior is never easy--but it doesn't have to be scary anymore. This book club series delves into practical, evidence-based strategies to not just keep everybody safe--but improve relationships and well-being within our kids and our teams.
Aug 11, 13, 18, 20
Moderator: Joanne Quinn, Michael Fullan, Mag Gardner, and Max Drummy
Deep learning is quality learning that sticks with you for life. It is the process of acquiring six global competencies all children need to succeed: Character, Citizenship, Collaboration, Communication, Creativity, and Critical Thinking. In this book study, we will discuss the tools, organizers, and protocols in Dive Into Deep Learning that will help re-engage students in the post-COVID future of school this fall. By learning about and experiencing the protocols found in the book, you and your team will be prepared to rethink education and focus on the right priorities to activate deep learning for all children.