MRESC Winter Book Studies

5 Book Study Options - Something for Everyone

Winter 2021 Book Study List (Register by 1/8/21)

Please find below the MRESC's Winter 2021 Book Study series.


  • Topics include ELA/Literacy, Mathematical Mindsets, Visual Arts, & High Impact Strategies for CTE Teachers. Registration Deadline: January 8th


Book Study Kickoff: January 18th

Format: Online Book Study (w/Google Classroom)

Duration of Courses: January 18th to March 14, 2021
**Reading Expectations: One or two chapters per week.


Optional Graduate credit (one semester hour per book study) is available through Ashland University. An ADDITIONAL fee of $235 per credit hour (paid to Ashland University) applies

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#1 - Climbing the Literacy Ladder: Small Group Instruction


Overview: Literacy skills are the cornerstone upon which student' knowledge, self-esteem, and future educational opportunities are built. But far too many teachers lack the time, materials, and specialized knowledge required to address these skills adequately. To that end, Climbing the Literacy Ladder is a one-stop shop to help teachers plan and differentiate literacy instruction for all students from prekindergarten through 5th grade.


To help teachers support students' literacy development, this book also provides:

  • Characteristics of readers and writers at each stage.
  • Lesson plans that target each of the research-based instructional components (fluency, word study, vocabulary, and comprehension).
  • Authentic classroom scenarios and conversations.
  • Practical classroom strategies and activities.
  • Advice for when to move students to the next stage.

If students cannot read with comprehension by 3rd grade, then their educational future is cast in doubt. Climbing the Literacy Ladder will not only help you grow as a competent and empowered literacy teacher, but also ensure that your students continue to travel a clear and unobstructed educational road.

#2 - Mathematical Mindsets


Overview: Banish math anxiety and give students of all ages a clear roadmap to success. Mathematical Mindsets provides practical strategies and activities to help teachers and parents show all children, even those who are convinced that they are bad at math, that they can enjoy and succeed in math.


There is a clear gap between what research has shown to work in teaching math and what happens in schools and at home. This book bridges that gap by turning research findings into practical activities and advice.


Using Boaler's text, Mathematical Mindsets, this book study will:

  • Explain how the brain processes mathematics learning
  • Reveal how to turn mistakes and struggles into valuable learning experiences
  • Provide examples of rich mathematical activities to replace rote learning
  • Explain ways to give students a positive math mindset
  • Gives examples of how assessment and grading policies need to change to support real understanding

Mathematical Mindsets provides a proven, practical roadmap to mathematics success for any student at any age.

#3 - Making Artists


Overview: A comprehensive look at how and why a student-directed classroom is essential for the development of the student artist in the 21st century.


This text provides tested methods for working through specific situations including room design, material handling, student ideation, production, and assessment. Additionally, you will enjoy a new set of unit and lesson plans to implement as you develop student-directed classrooms.


“This book makes us re-frame our practice from teaching art to teaching for creativity. It prioritizes the classroom culture we create where artists gather to question, think and play.” —Cindy Meyers Foley, Executive Deputy Director for Learning and Experience at the Columbus Museum of Art

#4 - Next Level Classroom Instruction for CTE Teachers


Important Note (This Text Only): A copy of the book is provided with your registration fee.


Overview of Book Study: Career and Technical Educators know students come alive in the lab, where work is relevant, practical, and hands-on. Career and Technical Education (CTE) labs engage learners and let students see a path for their future. But what about the other half of the CTE experience, the classroom?


In this quick read, CTE instructional coach Sandra Adams brings to light four attributes that make the lab such a success and shows teachers how to bring them into the classroom. In sharing stories of real CTE teachers who took their classroom instruction to the next level, Adams comes alongside readers to inspire practical, manageable changes to improve student engagement and learning in the CTE classroom.


During the book study, we will discuss how to also take these methods to the Virtual Next Level too.

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Costs & Registration Fees

  • $50 per book study/per person - Shelby, Logan, Hardin, Madison, and Champaign County Districts and Boards of Developmental Disabilities.

  • $75 per book study/per person - Districts and agencies not listed above.


Reminder: With the exception of Option #4 ("Next Level Classroom Instruction"), each participant is responsible for purchasing their own copy of the book study text(s). A copy of the book IS NOT included in the registration fee.


  • To aid in your procurement of the text, a link to a recommended online book store is embedded in the image of each book (listed above).

How are online book studies being facilitated?

All book studies are facilitated using Google Classroom (CLICK HERE to view technology requirements) and require weekly reading of assigned chapters, responding to discussion prompts, providing peer feedback, self-reflection, and the submission of a personal action plan and a final project (see the about the book study section for additional details).

Essential Details for Your Records

Registration Deadline: January 8th


Book Study Kickoff: January 18th

Format: Online Book Study (w/Google Classroom)


Duration of Course: January 18th to March 14, 2021

**See individual course syllabus for a specific timeline.


Contact Hours: 15 (per completed book study)


Optional Graduate credit (one semester hour per book study) is available through Ashland University. An ADDITIONAL fee of $235 per credit hour (paid to Ashland University) applies.

IMPORTANT INFORMATION & REMINDERS

Monday, Jan. 18th 2021 at 8am to Sunday, March 14th 2021 at 11:45pm

This is an online event.

What technology will I need to participate? Google Classroom - Click here for technology requirements.


When will I receive my Google Classroom access code? Approximately one (1) week prior to the start of the book study (January 10th or 11th) you will receive a Google Classroom invitation email. This email will include a Google Classroom “Course Code” that you will use to join the class at classroom.google.com.


Reminder - Purchase Your Own Book: Each participant is responsible for purchasing their own copy of the book study text(s). A copy of the book IS NOT included in the registration fee. To aid in your procurement of the text, a link to Amazon's online book store is highlighted in the "About the Book" section located above.


Our Cancellation Policy - Cancellations must be received by January 11th at 3:00 pm. Cancellations received outside of this policy will not be accepted. Attendees and/or employing districts will be billed accordingly.

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