Join us for the 2021 Spring Book Study!
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 ADE recertification credit or for DHS licensure credit for speech/language professionals.
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.
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 Feb 5, 2021. The book study starts on February 8 and must be completed by June 6, 2021 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 Feb 8, 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.
We Have Four Great Reads For You!
Social Emotional Learning and the Brain: Strategies to Help Your Students Thrive
by Marilee Springer
Today's teachers face a daunting challenge: how to ensure a positive school experience for their students, many of whom carry the burden of adverse childhood experiences, such as abuse, poverty, divorce, abandonment, and numerous other serious social issues. Spurred by her personal experience and extensive exploration of brain-based learning, author Marilee Sprenger explains how brain science--what we know about how the brain works--can be applied to social-emotional learning. Offering clear, easy-to-understand explanations of brain activity and dozens of specific strategies for all grade levels, Social-Emotional Learning and the Brain is an essential guide to creating supportive classroom environments and improving outcomes for all our students.
Supporting Students with Emotional and Behavioral Problems: Prevention & Intervention Strategies
by Kern, George, & Weist
Severe social, emotional, and behavioral challenges can be major obstacles to your students' academic success. Break down those barriers with the research-based interventions in this book, your guide to addressing serious problem behaviors in K-12 classrooms. Aligned with recommended practices for schoolwide positive behavior supports (SWPBS), this book presents a highly effective tiered approach that helps you develop school- and class-wide interventions and match behavior interventions to each student's needs. Developed by trusted PBS experts and packed with concrete strategies, this essential resource will prepare teachers to prevent and reduce severe behavior problems, improve students' social interactions, and increase academic engagement.
The Innocent Classroom: Dismantling Racial Bias to Support Students of Color
by Alexs Pate
When children of color enter their classrooms each year, many often encounter low expectations, disconnection, and other barriers to their success. The Innocent Classroom traces the roots of these disparities to pervasive negative stereotypes, which children are made aware of before they even walk through the school door. The cumulative weight of these stereotypes eventually takes shape as guilt, inhibiting students' engagement, learning, and relationships and hurts their prospects for the future. If guilt is the primary barrier for children of color in the classroom, then the solution, according to Pate, is to create an Innocent Classroom that neutralizes students' guilt and restores their innocence. To do so, readers will embark on a relationship "construction project" in which they will deepen their understanding of how children of color are burdened with guilt; discover students' "good," or the motivation behind their behaviors, and develop strategic responses to that good; and nurture, protect, and advocate for students' innocence.
Your Students, My Students, Our Students: Rethinking Equitable and Inclusive Classrooms
by Jung, Frey, Fisher, & Kroener
Your Students, My Students, Our Students explores the hard truths of current special education practice and outlines five essential disruptions to the status quo. This book—written not for "special educators" or "general educators" but for all educators—shows you how to establish a school culture that champions equity and inclusion; rethink the long-standing structure of least restrictive environment; leverage the strengths of all educators to provide appropriate support and challenge; collaborate on the delivery of instruction and intervention; and honor the aspirations of each student