Professional Growth in SUHSD

Continuing your own growth one learning event at a time

Teacher Leadership Book Study 2018-19

We are pleased to be able to offer 4 Teacher Leadership Book Study meetings. Each book study will be dedicated to a theme:


  • Teaching & Learning

  • Culture & Equity

  • Self-Care and Resilience

  • Social-Emotional Learning


Within each theme we will offer a selection of four books. Teachers who would like to participate will sign up by selecting the book they would like to read and the night they will attend the discussion. The first hour of each book study will be same-book discussions, meaning that people will group up for a discussion based on reading the same book. The second hour of each book study will be cross-book discussions so that we can talk about the book study theme and how each book contributed ideas towards that theme and how those ideas can impact teaching and learning at the classroom, school, and district level.


Please see below for the book selections and the RSVP link.


Teaching & Learning - October 16 and 17

  1. Teaching Practices from America's Best Urban Schools: A Guide for School and Classroom Leaders by by Joseph Johnson (Author), Cynthia Uline (Contributor), Lynne Perez (Contributor)

  2. Teach Like a Pirate by Dave Burgess

  3. Social Leadia: Moving Students from Digital Citizenship to Digital Leadership by Jennifer Casa-Todd

  4. Scaffolding the Academic Success of Adolescent English Language Learners: A Pedagogy of Promise By Aida Walqui, Leo Van Lier


Culture & Equity - January 23 and 24

  1. Culturize: Every Student. Every Day. Whatever it Takes by Jimmy Casas

  2. For White Folks Who Teach in the Hood by Chris Emdin

  3. Culturally Responsive Teaching and the Brain : Promoting Authentic Engagement and Rigor Among Culturally and Linguistically Diverse Students by Zaretta Hammond

  4. Excellence Through Equity: Five Principles of Courageous Leadership to Guide Achievement for Every Student by Pedro Noguera


Teacher Self-Care and Resilience - February 26 and 27

  1. Zen Teacher: Creating Focus, Simplicity, and Tranquility in the Classroom by Dan Tricarico

  2. Onward: Cultivating Emotional Resilience in Educators by Elena Aguilar

  3. The Path to Serendipity: Discover the Gifts Along Life's Journey by Allison Apsey

  4. Fierce Conversations: Achieving Success at Work and in Life One Conversation at a Time by Susan Scott


Social-Emotional Learning - April 10 and 11

  1. Helping Children Succeed: What Works and Why by Paul Tough

  2. Empty the Cup… Before You Fill It Up: Relationship-Building Activities to Promote Effective Learning Environments by Ernie Mendes

  3. Fostering Resilient Learners: Strategies for Creating a Trauma-Sensitive Classroom by Kristin Souers and Pete Hall

  4. The Power of Moments: Why Certain Experiences Have Extraordinary Impact by Chip Heath


To sign up for the book studies, click here. You will have the opportunity to select the books you want to read and the nights you want to attend the discussion meetings.

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SUHSD Learns- A Blog & a Twitter chat!

The SUHSD Learns blog was started two years ago with the goal of having as many community members as possible answer the question, "What did you learn today?" You can sign up to receive the blog as a daily email by filling out this simple form.


If you haven't yet read any SUHSD Learns post, consider starting with Dr. Janney's message on Day 1 from the beginning of the blog in 2016.


We continue to look for writers for the blog. If you, your students, and/or your colleagues are interested, please let us know here. A blog can include pictures, videos, or a narrative (approximately 250 words long). An entry can be written by a single individual or a group. For any student submission or student pictures, we need to ensure we have a media release form on file for each student. Feel free to share the SUHSD Learns blog with students, staff, parents, and community members. This is our learning community!


In addition to our district blog, we host a monthly Twitter chat using our hashtag #suhsdlearns. This year, we will chat on the second Wednesday of the month, the same day we wear our Putting Students First shirts. Join us in this online conversation about our work each month. If you are interested in facilitating one of the chats, contact Dr. Amy Illingworth (@AmyLIllingworth).

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Book Recommendation

Looking for a fun, uplifting read for your educator soul? Check out Fueled by Coffee and Love: The Refill. This book, edited by SUHSD teacher Mari Venturino from MVA, includes stories from educators all across the country, including some more great SUHSD teachers.
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Professional Growth

We believe that all staff members in the SUHSD deserve opportunities to learn and grow as professionals in individualized ways. We support staff-selected professional growth opportunities that benefit and impact student learning, staff learning, and system capacity.


Please visit our website for more information throughout the year: http://professionalgrowth.sweetwaterschools.org/