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Wednesday, January 29, 2020

Online Monthly Educational Book Studies

January 2020 - Help for Billy by Heather T. Forbes

PD Hours: 9Jill Sorensen-Davis
$60

"Help for Billy" is a pragmatic manual to help guide families and educators who are struggling with traumatized children. Based on the concept of the neuroscience of emotions and behavior, Heather Forbes provides detailed, comprehensive, and logical strategies for teachers and parents. This easy to read book, with tables, outlines and lists, clears the way for a better understanding of the true nature regarding traumatic experiences affecting the brain and learning. It is a must read for anyone working with a child in the classroom. Length: 209 pages

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February 2020 - Teach Like a Pirate by Dave Burgess

PD Hours: 9Jill Sorensen-Davis
$60

Teach Like a Pirate: Increase Student Engagement, Boost Your Creativity, and Transform Your Life as an Educator — Based on Dave Burgess’s popular “Outrageous Teaching” and “Teach Like a PIRATE” seminars, this book offers inspiration, practical techniques, and innovative ideas that will help you to increase student engagement, boost your creativity, and transform your life as an educator. You’ll learn how to: • Tap into and dramatically increase your passion as a teacher • Develop outrageously engaging lessons that draw students in like a magnet • Establish rapport and a sense of camaraderie in your classroom • Transform your class into a life-changing experience for your students This groundbreaking inspirational manifesto contains over 30 hooks specially designed to captivate your class and 170 brainstorming questions that will skyrocket your creativity. Once you learn the Teach Like a PIRATE system, you’ll never look at your role as an educator the same again. Length: 202 pages

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March 2020 - Take Time for You! by Tina Boogren

PD Hours: 7Jill Sorensen-Davis
$60

The key to thriving, as both a human and an educator, rests in mindfulness, reflection, and daily self-care activities. With Take Time for You, you will discover a clear path to well-being by working through Maslow's hierarchy of needs: (1) physiological, (2) safety, (3) belonging, (4) esteem, (5) self-actualization, and (6) transcendence. The author offers a range of manageable research-based strategies, self-care surveys, and reflective teaching questions that will guide you in developing an individualized self-care plan. Embrace imperfection as you develop your own self-care plan: • Understand the challenges to mindfulness for teachers and how Maslow's hierarchy of needs comes into play in your personal and professional life. • Design action plans so you can meet your own physiological, safety, belonging, esteem, and self-actualization needs and, finally, transcend and connect with something greater than yourself. • Take surveys and perform a daily time audit to determine how well you are meeting each of your needs. • Use the journaling space and self-reflection questions provided throughout the book to reflect on your implementation efforts Length: 152 pages

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April 2020 - Braving the Wilderness by Brene Brown

PD Hours: 9Jill Sorensen-Davis
$60

“True belonging doesn’t require us to change who we are. It requires us to be who we are.” Social scientist Brené Brown, PhD, LMSW, has sparked a global conversation about the experiences that bring meaning to our lives—experiences of courage, vulnerability, love, belonging, shame, and empathy. In Braving the Wilderness, Brown redefines what it means to truly belong in an age of increased polarization. With her trademark mix of research, storytelling, and honesty, Brown will again change the cultural conversation while mapping a clear path to true belonging. Length: 208 pages

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May 2020 - 30 Days to A Co-Taught Classroom

PD Hours: 11Jill Sorensen-Davis
$60

In 30 Days to the Co-Taught Classroom, authors Paula Kluth and Julie Causton will teach you all you need to know about collaboration in 30 days. Yes, you read that right! In just 30 days, they will introduce you to the information, competencies and habits you will need to become a great co-teaching partner. The authors will help you get to know your co-teacher, understand each of your roles, improve your planning and co-planning skills, expand the structures you use to teach and support students and even celebrate your accomplishments. Included in this remarkable book are: • Tips, Ideas & Suggestions • Chapter Reviews & 'To Do' Items • Worksheets to Help You Plan • Templates to Copy & Use • Teaching Practices You Will Love • Print and Online Resource Take just 30 days, and change your life -- and the lives of all of your students! Length: 262 pages

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June 2020 - The End of Molasses Classes

PD Hours: 15Jill Sorensen-Davis
$60

The End of Molasses Classes: Getting Our Kids Unstuck–101 Extraordinary Solutions for Parents and Teachers — Ron Clark is widely known as “America’s Educator” and was Oprah Winfrey’s first pick as her “Phenomenal Man.” He is a New York Times bestselling author and has been featured on the Today show, CNN, and The Oprah Winfrey Show. He challenges parents, teachers, and communities everywhere embrace a difference in the classroom and uplift, educate, and empower our children. Read this book to find out why so many across the country have embraced these powerful rules. Length: 352 pages

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July 2020 - The Four O'Clock Faculty Meeting by Rich Czyz

PD Hours: 7Jill Sorensen-Davis
$60

Author Rich Czyz is on a mission to revolutionize professional learning for all educators. In The Four O'Clock Faculty, Rich identifies ways to make PD meaningful, efficient, and, above all, personally relevant. This book is a practical guide that reveals why some PD is so awful and what you can do to change the model for the betterment of you and your colleagues. Length: 154 pages

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