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Join us for the 2023 Fall Book Study 

These on-line interactive book studies are a great way to earn 20 hours of professional development credit!

How Does a Book Study Work?
On-line interactive book studies are a great way to earn professional development credit! Each assignment has 3-5 questions that you will need to answer. You can work at your own pace, all of your responses must be completed by the end of the stated course period. Links and instructions will be emailed prior to the start date. 
You can register for any or all of these book studies! For each book completed, you will earn 20 hours of professional development credit that can be used for professional development hours (CEUs), ADE recertification credit or for DHS licensure credit for speech/language professionals.

Cost and Registration
Cost: $45 for each online book study. You are responsible for acquiring the book from any vendor you choose. 

  • Registration ends on September 15, 2023
  • Book study starts on September 18, 2023
  • Book study must be completed by December 29, 2023 to earn a certificate/credit.



Book Cover: Teaching with Empathy: How to Transform Your Practice by Understanding Your Learners by Lisa Westman

What does it mean to teach with empathy?   Whether it's planning and delivering instruction or just interacting with others throughout the day, every action you take is an opportunity to demonstrate empathy toward your students, your colleagues, and yourself.   "I'm already empathetic to my students and their stories," you may be thinking. But a teacher's actions, even unintentional and especially uninformed, can be implicitly shaming, compounding any disconnect students may already feel and undermining your efforts to create a safe and positive classroom environment. Rather than try to identify who needs empathy, start with the premise that all learners deserve empathy because it is a prerequisite for learning and growth.

Lisa Westman explores three types of empathy—affective, cognitive, and behavioral—and clarifies how they intertwine with curriculum, learning environment, equity practices, instruction and assessment, and grading and reporting. Westman shares tips and tools, real-world classroom examples, powerful stories, and even a bit of herself as she guides you to a better understanding of yourself and others.

Book Cover: Sweller’s Cognitive Load Theory in Action by Oliver Lovell

What is it that enables students to learn from some classroom activities, yet leaves them totally confused by others?

Although we can’t see directly into students’ minds, we do have Cognitive Load Theory, and this is the next best thing. Built on the foundation of all learning, the human memory system, Cognitive Load Theory details the exact actions that teachers can take to maximize student outcomes.

Written under the guidance, and thoroughly reviewed by the originator of CLT, John Sweller, this practical guide summarizes over 30 years of research in this field into clear and easily understandable terms. . This book features both a thorough discussion of the core principles of CLT and a wide array of classroom-ready strategies to apply it to art, music, history, chemistry, PE, mathematics, computer science, economics, biology, and more.

This book is the perfect introduction to Cognitive Load Theory for educators who want to better understand how students process information and how to present information at a pace and level of complexity so they can easily understand.

Building Equity: Policies and Practices to Empower all Learners by Dominique Smith, Nancy Frey, Ian Pumpian, and Douglas Fisher

Imagine a school with a diverse student body where everyone feels safe and valued, and all—regardless of race, culture, home language, sexual orientation, gender identity, academic history, and individual challenges—have the opportunity to succeed with interesting classes, projects, and activities. In this school, teachers notice and meet individual instructional needs and foster a harmonious and supportive environment. All students feel empowered to learn, to grow, and to pursue their dreams.

This is the school every student needs and deserves.

This book introduces the Building Equity Taxonomy, a new model to clarify the structural and interpersonal components of an equitable and excellent schooling experience, and the Building Equity Review and Audit, survey-based tools to help school and teacher leaders uncover equity-related issues and organize their efforts to achieve •    Physical integration •    Social-emotional engagement •    Opportunity to learn •    Instructional excellence

Built on the authors' own experiences and those of hundreds of educators throughout the United States, this book is filled with examples of policy initiatives and practices that support high-quality, inclusive learning experiences and deliver education that meets critical standards of equality and equity.

Book Cover: Haben: The Deafblind Woman Who Conquered Harvard Law by Haben Girma

The incredible life story of Haben Girma, the first Deafblind graduate of Harvard Law School, and her amazing journey from isolation to the world stage. Haben grew up spending summers with her family in the enchanting Eritrean city of Asmara. There, she discovered courage as she faced off against a bull she couldn't see, and found in herself an abiding strength as she absorbed her parents' harrowing experiences during Eritrea's thirty-year war with Ethiopia. Their refugee story inspired her to embark on a quest for knowledge, traveling the world in search of the secret to belonging. She explored numerous fascinating places, including Mali, where she helped build a school under the scorching Saharan sun. Her many adventures over the years range from the hair-raising to the hilarious.

Haben defines disability as an opportunity for innovation. She learned non-visual techniques for everything from dancing salsa to handling an electric saw. She developed a text-to-braille communication system that created an exciting new way to connect with people. Haben pioneered her way through obstacles, graduated from Harvard Law, and now uses her talents to advocate for people with disabilities.

Haben takes readers through a thrilling game of blind hide-and-seek in Louisiana, a treacherous climb up an iceberg in Alaska, and a magical moment with President Obama at The White House. Haben's story provides educators the chance to reflect on how special education services can support or fail to support students in our schools.

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