Announcing the TeachersFirst 2020 Fall Book Club

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After a summer of unprecedented demonstrations protesting racial inequality, students are bound to come back to school this year with questions and a desire to process with their peers. This moment presents a profound learning and growth opportunity, but it can be difficult to know how to make uncomfortable topics approachable. This fall, TeachersFirst® is hosting a free, member-only virtual book club designed to help teachers use popular literature to start meaningful discussions about equality and race.

How it Works

TeachersFirst members who participate will be divided into groups and assigned recent, popular, age-appropriate books based on the grade(s) they teach. Each week, participants will read a few chapters and join a conversation in Microsoft Teams about the previous week's reading, facilitated by our expert discussion leaders. Discussions are post-based and asynchronous, giving you the flexibility to participate on your schedule.

By engaging with other educators, you'll learn how to turn your students' interest in stories into thought-provoking discussions about justice, race, class, friendship, and inclusion. At the conclusion of the book club, participants will receive a certificate of participation and reimbursement for the price of the book. Learning is more fun with a friend, so tell a colleague and sign up today!



Elementary School (Grades K-5):
October 5-November 30
Strictly No Elephants by Lisa Mantchev
We're Not From Here by Geoff Rodkey*
Meetings: October 5 & November 19
22 hour commitment (reading/responding/online meetings)
$25 reimbursement.

Middle School (Grades 6-8):
October 5-November 30
New Kid by Jerry Craft
We're Not From Here by Geoff Rodkey*
Meetings: October 5 & November 19
22 hour commitment (reading/responding/online meetings)
$20 reimbursement.

High School (Grades 9-12):
October 5-November 30
Children of Blood and Bone by Tomi Adeyemi
Meetings: October 5 & November 23
26 hour commitment (reading/responding/online meetings)
$15 reimbursement.

* - Closing session features live discussion with author Geoff Rodkey.

Outcome Highlights

  • Learn how to use popular books to spark discussions about challenging topics.
  • Help students draw real-world connections to the fiction they read.
  • Discover strategies for planning and executing discussion-based lessons.
  • Connect, engage, and exchange ideas with other educators across the country.

Eligibility Criteria

You must be a TeachersFirst member living in the United States to participate. (Not a member? Sign up for FREE today so you can register!) Participation is limited to 120 TeachersFirst members (40 per grade level). Registration closes September 21, 2020.

Looking for more free, high-quality lesson ideas and professional development opportunities? Check out the Infusing Technology blog and our O K2Ask virtual workshops !