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Join us for the 2024 Summer 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 June 15, 2024
  • Book study starts on June 17, 2024
  • Book study must be completed by September 30, 2024 to earn a certificate/credit.


Prior Recommended Reading


Book Cover: Thrivers: The Surprising Reasons Why Some Kids Struggle and Others Shine | Michele Borba Ed D.

We think we have to push our kids to do more, achieve more, BE more. But we’re modeling the wrong traits—like rule-following and caution—and research shows it’s NOT working. This kind of “Striver” mindset isn’t just making kids unhappier, says Dr. Michele Borba…it’s actually the opposite of what it takes to thrive in the uncertain world ahead. Thrivers are different: they flourish in our fast-paced, digital-driven, often uncertain world. Why? Through her in-depth research, Dr. Borba discovered that the difference comes down not to grades or test scores, but to seven character traits that set Thrivers apart—confidence, empathy, self-control, integrity, curiosity, perseverance, and optimism. The even better news: these traits can be taught to children at any age…in fact, parents and educations must do so.

In Thrivers, Dr. Borba offers practical, actionable ways to develop these traits in children from preschool through high school, showing how to teach kids how to cope today so they can thrive tomorrow.  

Book Cover: The NEW Conscious Discipline Book: Building Resilient Classrooms - Expanded & Updated | Heidi Hayes Jacobs and Allison Zmuda

This is the foundational book for Conscious Discipline. It revolutionizes the classroom approach to social-emotional learning by addressing the adult’s skill set and internal states first, and then empowering the adult to teach and model these skills with children. Both research studies and individual testimonials show that Conscious Discipline simply works for transforming social-emotional skills, school climate, academics and home/school connections. Stop struggling with behaviors and standards, and start finding the joy in teaching again!

Book Cover: The Boy Who Was Raised as a Dog (3rd Ed.) | Bruce D. Perry, MD, PhD

What happens when a young brain is traumatized? How does terror, abuse, or disaster affect a child's mind -- and how can that mind recover? Using real-life events about childhood trauma, this book explains what happens to the brain when a child is exposed to extreme stress -- and reveals the unexpected measures that can be taken to ease a child's pain and help him grow into a healthy adult.

Book Cover: Shakespeare Save My Life - Ten Years in Solitary with the Bard | Laura Bates

In this captivating memoir, Shakespeare professor and prison volunteer Laura Bates takes us on an extraordinary journey through the darkest corners of incarceration, where she shares the incredible story of a prisoner's redemption through the timeless words of William Shakespeare. Shakespeare Saved My Life is a riveting testament to the transformative power of literature, showcasing how the universal themes of love, betrayal, forgiveness, and redemption resonate even in the harshest of circumstances. Bates's poignant narrative highlights the resilience of the human spirit and the potential for personal growth, no matter the circumstances. This book celebrates the redemptive power of words, the enlightenment of education and serves as a powerful reminder of the universal human connection that teachers can forge.

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