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Book Study


Join us for the 2021 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?

Our book study uses the online platform Edmodo. You are expected to read a book and at the end of each chapter, you will log into Edmodo for your assignment. Each assignment has 3-5 questions that you will need to answer. You can work at your own pace, however, all of your responses must be completed by the end of the stated course period.

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 must register and pay by October 1, 2021. The book study starts on October 3 and it must be completed by January 9, 2022 to receive 20 hours of professional development credit. No partial credit is given. Professional development credit is issued after the book study is complete. On October 3, you will receive an email with all of the information you need to register on the Edmodo platform and to get started with the book studies.

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By Louisa Cook Moats


For two decades, Speech to Print has been a bestselling, widely adopted textbook on explicit, high-quality literacy instruction. Filling a critical gap in teacher preparation courses, Speech to Print supplies K-12 educators with in-depth knowledge of the structure and function of language—fundamentals they need to deliver successful structured literacy instruction. 

Renowned literacy expert Louisa Cook Moats gives current and future teachers comprehensive, accurate, and accessible information on the underpinnings of language instruction. Teachers will receive invaluable insight into how their students should be taught. This book will give educators the strong foundation they need to teach language and reading skills to students with and without disabilities.


By Zaretta Hammond


To close the achievement gap, diverse classrooms need a proven framework for optimizing student engagement. Culturally responsive instruction has shown promise, but many teachers have struggled with its implementation. This book draws on cutting-edge neuroscience research to offer an innovative approach for designing and implementing brain-compatible culturally responsive instruction. The book includes information on how one’s culture programs the brain to process data and affects learning relationships, the ten “key moves” to build students’ learner operating systems and prepare them to become independent learners and prompts for action and valuable self-reflection. 

With a firm understanding of these techniques and principles, teachers and instructional leaders will confidently reap the benefits of culturally responsive instruction.


By Kristin Van Marter Souers, with Pete Hall


Researchers are warning of the dire effects of the current pandemic on the mental health of children. This book provides strategies to take you to the next level of trauma-invested practice. The authors explain how to create a culture of safety in which everyone feels valued, important, and capable of learning. Educators have a unique opportunity to influence students' learning, attitudes, and futures. This book will invigorate your practice and equip you to empower those you serve—whatever their personal histories.

punch in the face

By Ben Springer

When there’s a nuclear meltdown happening in your classroom, this book is your trusted guide on what to do in the heat of the moment, and how you can prevent future incidents. These field-tested strategies integrate principles of behavioral intervention with the best practices of positive psychology. In this book study, you will find ready-to-use tools and guidelines, practical guidance developed from the author’s extensive experience training educators, solutions that work now and support each student’s future well-being, a deliberate focus at the classroom, building, and system level.  

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