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Book Studies

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A variety of relevant topics are offered throughout the year to enhance professional skills and awareness. Typically a new book study begins each week. The format of the book studies enables communication and collaboration, along with an opportunity for self-directed learning.

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2020-2021 Book Studies (By Category):

Behavioral Health

  • I Wish My Teacher Knew: How One Question Can Change Everything for Our Kids – August 31, 2020
  • All Learning is Social and Emotional:  Helping Students Develop Essential Skills for the Classroom and Beyond – November 30, 2020
  • Watch Your Mouth:  Non-Negotiables for Success with Your Toughest Kids – December 14, 2020
  • Lost at School:  Why Our Kids with Behavioral Challenges are Falling Through the Cracks and How We Can Help Them – March 1, 2021
  • iGen:  The 10 Trends Shaping Today’s Young People and the Nation – April 5, 2021
  • Easy to Love, Difficult to Discipline:  The 7 Basic Skills for Turning Conflict – May 3, 2021

 

Classroom Management 

  • Better Than Carrots or Sticks:  Restorative Practices for Positive Classroom Management – November 9, 2020

 

English Language Learner

  • Fifty Strategies for Teaching English Language Learners – October 12, 2020
  • English Learners Academic Literacy and Thinking:  Learning in the Challenge Zone – March 29, 2021

 

Leadership

  • The Power of a Positive Team – July 20, 2020
  • Powerful Partnerships: A Teacher’s Guide to Engaging Families for Student Success – September 21, 2020
  • The Power of Positive Leadership:  How and Why Positive Leaders Transform Teams and Organizations and Change the World – February 1, 2021
  • Leading a High Reliability School – April 19, 2021

 

LGBTQIA+

  • Getting Ready for Benjamin:  Preparing Teachers for Sexual Diversity in the Classroom (Curriculum, Cultures, and (Homo)Sexualities) – October 19, 2020

 

Personal Wellness/Mindful

  • Deliberate Optimism: Reclaiming the Joy in Education – July 6, 2020
  • Kids Deserve It:  Pushing Boundaries and Challenging Conventional Thinking – September 28, 2020
  • The Energy Bus:  10 Rules to Fuel Your Life, Work, and Team with Positive Energy – October 26, 2020
  • The Body Keeps Score:  Brain, Mind, and Body in the Healing of Trauma – November 2, 2020
  • The No Complaining Rule – January 11, 2021
  • Daring Greatly:  How the Courage to Be Vulnerable Transforms the Way We Live, Love, Parent, and Lead – March 8, 2021
  • Pilgrim at Tinker Creek – April 26, 2021

 

Social/Racial Justice

  • The Price of Privilege: How Parental Pressure and Material Advantage Are Creating a Generation of Disconnected and Unhappy Kids – June 29, 2020
  • White Fragility: Why it’s so Hard for White People to Talk about Racism – August 3, 2020
  • How to Teach Students Who Don’t Look Like You: Culturally Relevant Teaching Strategies – September 21, 2020
  • Culturally Responsive Teaching and the Brain:  Promoting Authentic Engagement and Rigor Among Culturally and Linguistically Diverse Students – November 16, 2020
  • Education for Extinction:  American Indians and the Boarding School Experience 1875-1928 – March 22, 2021

 

Student Success

  • Make it Stick: The Science of Successful Learning – July 13, 2020
  • The Wild Card: 7 Steps to an Educator’s Creative Breakthrough – August 3, 2020
  • No Drama Discipline: The Whole-Brain Way to Calm the Chaos and Nurture Your Child’s Developing Mind – August 10, 2020
  • I Wish My Teacher Knew: How One Question Can Change Everything for Our Kids – August 31, 2020
  • Fostering Resilient Learners: Strategies for Creating a Trauma-Sensitive Classroom – September 7, 2020
  • How Children Succeed: Grip, Curiosity, and the Hidden Power of Character – September 14, 2020
  • How to Teach Students Who Don’t Look Like You: Culturally Relevant Teaching Strategies – September 21, 2020
  • Better Than Carrots or Sticks:  Restorative Practices for Positive Classroom Management – November 9, 2020
  • It’s Always About the Children – December 7, 2020
  • Change*able:  How Collaborative Problem-Solving Changes Lives at Home, at School, and at Work – January 18, 2021
  • Differently Wired:  Raising an Exceptional Child in a Conventional World – January 25, 2021
  • Teaching with Poverty in Mind:  What Being Poor Does to Kids’ Brains and What Schools Can Do About It – February 8, 2021
  • Essential 55:  An Award-Winning Educator’s Rules for discovering the Successful Student in Every Child – February 22, 2021
  • How to Create a Culture of Achievement in Your School and Classroom – March 15, 2021
  • Empower: What Happens When Students Own Their Learning – April 12, 2021
  • A Framework for Understanding Poverty – May 10, 2021

 

Trauma

  • The Deepest Well: Healing the Long-Term Effects of Childhood Adversity – July 27, 2020
  • Fostering Resilient Learners: Strategies for Creating a Trauma-Sensitive Classroom – September 7, 2020
  • The Boy Who Was Raised as a Dog:  And Other Stories from a Child Psychiatrist’s Notebook—What Traumatized Children Can Teach Us About Loss, Love, and Healing – October 5, 2020
  • The Body Keeps Score:  Brain, Mind, and Body in the Healing of Trauma – November 2, 2020
  • It Didn’t Start with You:  How Inherited Family Trauma Shapes Who We Are and How to End the Cycle – November 23, 2020
  • Born for Love:  Why Empathy is Essential and Endangered – February 15, 2021