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We are pleased to announce our 2018-2019 Educator Book Club recommendations. These are inspired by recent or upcoming speakers. You will find our book club selections reflect the broadened mission of empowering student-centered learning beyond writing instruction.

Jennifer Allen frequently writes about the importance of study groups for teachers. Each year on Lead Literacy, she shares the study group opportunities she organizes for her school. Using Jen’s system as a mentor, I created The Lead Learners Book Club Recommendations. (The link takes you to a Google Drive document so you can make a copy and tailor it for your specific needs.)

Please use this as a springboard for organizing educator book clubs in your school. Feel free to select the ones that are most pertinent to your staff and then add other book club choices based on the unique vision for your school. Add your own voice (or shift my voice so it becomes your own to each book). I wrote the descriptions in order for you to roll them out at the beginning of the school year, so you’ll notice 2018 Summer Institute referenced in the past. I do hope you’ll include some of The Lead Learner suggestions, as the authors will be in our stomping grounds so area educators have the chance to interact with them.

Whatever you call them in your corner of the world — study groups, book studies, book clubs or something else — it’s worth taking the time to organize this type of collaboration for educators.

Please share in the comments book clubs that are just right for your staff, or books you’ve had success with as a book club in the past.



2 Responses

  1. These are some of the best books we have used in book studies that have greatly impacted my classroom and our district:
    Mindset, by Carol Dweck
    Mathematical Mindsets, by Jo Boaler
    Becoming the Math Teacher You Wish You’d Had, but Tracy Zager
    Visible Learning for Teachers, by John Hattie

  2. This last year I led my first teacher book study using Make it Stick: The Science of Successful Learning by Brown et al.
    I would recommend it because it was cross-curricular and had its basis in a lot of growth mindset thinking so it was a natural ‘bridge’ from many of our school & district professional conversations. It also had a lot of examples & connections outside of education which was refreshing as it allowed our discussions to be diverse while still connected to the main themes & topics of learning.

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