Professional Development Opportunities
Virtual Book Study: Choice Words
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Learning Facilitator: Teresa Kaiser
Choice Words by Peter H. Johnston

Choose your words wisely!! Become a Choice Words Educator!!  Students experiencing trauma need a 14 to 1 ratio of positive interactions/comments to 1 negative. Learn how to build emotionally and relationally healthy learning classroom.

A quick easy read of eight chapters (97 pages) to explore how talk is our central tool of our trade and how it helps students make sense of learning, literacy, life and themselves. Appropriate for teachers of K-12.

Foreword by Richard Allington
In productive classrooms, teachers don't just teach children skills: they build emotionally and relationally healthy learning communities. Teachers create intellectual environments that produce not only technically competent students, but also caring, secure, actively literate human beings.

This virtual book study allows participants to engage in book study activities each week on their own schedule – allowing you to pick a day of the week that works best for you and learn new strategies for the classroom!  EdModo  and Flipgrid will be used as our learning platform for the virtual book study.  All you need to participate is a device, access to the internet, and a copy of the book!  Don’t worry if you are not familiar with EdModo—it’s easy to learn and I will provide tutorials as we complete the book study.

Book Study Requirements:

  • Activities before reading book
  • Read one to two chapters a week and complete weekly reflection activities
  • Engage online through EdModo and Flipgrid with your online book study PLC by asking/answering questions related to the chapter content
  • Receive additional resources related to chapter/discussion content
  • Post Book Activity- Final reflections

Begins: September 5
Ends: October 22

‚ÄčThere is no fee for participation.  Participants must purchase their own book.
Participation in this book study earns participants 24 professional development hours. Limited to 15 participants.

Virtual Book Study: Disrupting Poverty: 5 Powerful Classroom Practices
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Learning Facilitator: Teresa Kaiser
Disrupting Poverty by Kathleen M. Budge/William H. Parrett

Become a Poverty Disrupting Educator!  We all know, poverty can have a debilitating effect on the children in our schools.  In the book Disrupting Poverty: 5 Powerful Classroom Practices, readers will learn about the effects of poverty which are more staggering than you think!  Readers also learn how to embed 5 essential practices for disrupting the effects of poverty on our students.

A quick easy read of seven chapters and each with a “Voices from Poverty” story. A reflection tool will allow for your own reflection of your current beliefs and knowledge of poverty before and after reading the book. Disrupting poverty may sound like an audacious unlikely possibility and if you are skeptical or hopeful, this book is for you.

This virtual book study allows participants to engage in book study activities each week on their own schedule – allowing you to pick a day of the week that works best for you and learn new strategies for the classroom!  EdModo and Flipgrid will be used as our learning platform for the virtual book study.  All you need to participate is a device, access to the internet, and a copy of the book!  Don’t worry if you are not familiar with EdModo—it’s easy to learn and I will provide tutorials as complete book study.

Book Study Requirements:

  • Activities before reading book
  • Read one to two chapters a week and complete weekly reflection activities
  • Engage online through EdModo and Flipgrid with your online book study PLC by asking/answering questions related to the chapter content
  • Receive additional resources related to chapter/discussion content
  • Post Book Activity- Final reflections

Begins: October 24
Ends: December 10

‚ÄčThere is no fee for participation.  Participants must purchase their own book.
Participation in this book study earns participants 24 professional development hours. Limited to 15 participants.