M-C ESC 21 - 22 Book Studies

Check out our book studies for the 21 - 22 school year

New Formats!

As a result of all the "fun" things Covid has taught us, the format for our book studies has changed. We are excited about this new format, and hope you will be, too.

Each book study will consist of the following:

  • Virtual Kick-off via Zoom (45 min - 1 hour)
  • Weekly reading "assignments" and discussion posting requirements in our new Learning Management System (LMS) Adobe.
  • Virtual Wrap-up via Zoom (1 hour)

Book Studies

Better Conversations by Jim Knight

Enter instructional coaching expert Jim Knight, who in Better Conversations honors our capacity for improving our schools by improving our communication. Asserting that our schools are only as good as the conversations within them, Jim shows us how to adopt the habits essential to transforming the quality of our dialogues.

As coaches, as administrators, as teachers, it’s time to thrive. Learn how to:

Coach ourselves and each other to become better communicators

Listen with empathy

Find common ground

Build Trust

Our students’ academic, social, and emotional growth depends upon our doing this hard work. It’s time to roll up our sleeves, open our minds, and dare to change for the better of the students we serve.


As a group, we will read Better Conversations, build upon our expertise as we progress through Knight's book using reflection-based assignments, group discussion posts, and ancillary videos. You'll even walk away from this eight week experience with tools to use in your personal relationships.

Target Audience:

  • Instructional Coaches
  • Supervisors
  • Building Administrators
  • District Administrators
  • Curriculum Directors

** Anyone who recognizes that communication is one of the most difficult parts of any relationship and wants to get better**

Essential Information:

Cost: $55.00 per participant

Dates: 1/6/2022 - 2/3/2022

Becoming the Math Teacher You Wish You'd Had: Ideas and Strategies from Vibrant Classrooms by Tracy Johnston Zager

What you'll learn:
In this highly practical, research-rich book by a math coach who spent years with highly-skilled math teachers in diverse settings and grades, you'll learn:

  1. How to break the cycle of "how we learned math."
  2. What mathematicians do and how they do it: take risks, make mistakes, use precision, rise to a challenge, ask questions, connect ideas, use intuition, reason and prove.
  3. How to create "favorable conditions" for all math students.

Click the link below to register and for more information!

Essential Information:

Cost: $66.00 per participant

Dates: 1/10/2022 - 4/4/2022

Gifted Guild's Guide to Depth and Complexity: Finding your way through the framework

By the end of this book study, you will understand the framework, how it fits in your classroom, what parts you may wish to ignore, how to change what you don't like about how you're using it, and why it's the tool you need to blow the ceiling off your classroom.

Target Audience:

Educators who work with gifted students (new AND veteran alike!)

Supervisors who supervise educators who work with gifted students

Cost: $40.00 per participant

Dates: 1/24/2022 - 3/28/2022