TeachersFirst Book Study

Teach Boldly: Using Edtech for Social Good
by Jennifer Williams

Deadline to apply is January 4th.

Professional book studies can be an important addition to an educator's professional development plans. In our book studies, a group of educators gather together to engage in virtual professional learning conversations to share knowledge around a specific topic.

Our topic for this session is Technology for Social Good. As part of our commitment to providing resources that support the Sustainable Development Goals, Teach Boldly is an excellent example of how to adapt these goals for education.

Together, we will read and discuss Teach Boldly and determine how reading the book will influence our professional practice.

About Our Book Study

Our book study focuses on technology implementation strategies. Guided by the ISTE Standards, our goal is to help participants forge a better understanding of how to use technology to improve student learning. Throughout the study you will have the opportunity to:

  • Explore pedagogical approaches made possible through the use of technology.
  • Identify, explore, evaluate, and curate digital resources and tools.
  • Design authentic learning activities that facilitate active, deep learning.
  • Learn about alternative ways for students to demonstrate competency.
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How the Book Study Works

Book Study participants have the opportunity to earn CEUs through their active participation.

Our Book Club

We also offer a book club, which focuses on timely topics you and your students might be encountering in your day-to-day lives. The book club is a discussion-driven professional learning opportunity at the intersection of critical thinking, DEI, and literacy.

  1. The application deadline is January 4, 2022, so apply ASAP! You must live in the United States to participate.
  2. Download and review our Book Study Starter Kit. It explains:
    • How to gain access to our Microsoft Team.
    • What professional learning conversations are.
    • Our rubric for book study discussions.
    • How to prepare to participate in the book study.
  3. Each week, you'll be assigned a reading passage, a knowledge construction/application activity, and a topic for discussion. You'll engage in virtual discussion with others in the book study.

At the conclusion of the book study, if you have actively participated in discussions, followed the rubric, and attended the two required live sessions, you will receive a certificate of completion and reimbursement for the price of the eBook.


Schedule

January 4: Book study application deadline.

January 11: Book study kick-off meeting.

February 18: Formal discussions conclude.

February 22: Closing webinar.

February 28: All discussion and application assignments due.

Reimbursement for the text is available on successful completion of the study.

PDU/CEU Information:

  • 15 hours for attending meetings, reading, and discussion (required)
  • 18 hours available for completion of additional written reflection and application activities (optional)