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Professional Book Studies

Creating Virtual Book Studies Across Alaska, Oregon, and Washington — As lifelong readers and leaders, we know the value of reading and learning together at the student level, but rarely do we get the chance to read and learn together as leaders. We are committed to changing this by inviting you to join one of two professional book studies. Supporting students' learning by bringing leaders together with the authors to stretch and challenge our thinking to be forward looking is our goal.

Each professional book study is available for one credit. If you are interested in participating for credit, please email

Do yourself a favor and refresh, renew and reconnect with your colleagues through learning and discussing one of the following books in our professional book study.

For more details, see the FAQ below.

Balance with Blended Learning book cover

Balance With Blended Learning Professional Book Study

Thursdays 3:45-5:15pm AKST 

Feb. 11, 18, 25, Mar. 4, 11, 18

Author Catlin Tucker Keynotes Feb. 18 and 25!

Blended learning offers educators the opportunity to reimagine teaching and learning. It allows teachers to partner with their students to assess, track, and reflect on learning. This partnership gives teachers more time and energy to innovate and personalize learning while providing students the opportunity to be active agents driving their own growth. This book provides teachers with strategies to rethink traditional workflows to make teaching practices sustainable.

Written by blended learning expert, Catlin Tucker, this resource provides teachers with concrete strategies and resources they can use to partner with their students to actively engage them in setting goals, monitoring their development, reflecting on their growth, using feedback to improve work, assessing the quality of their work, and communicating their progress with parents

Register by Jan. 20, 2021 for a free print book.

Register for Blended Learning

book cover for Culturally Responsive Teaching & The Brain by Zaretta Hammond

Culturally Responsive Teaching and the Brain Professional Book Study

Tuesdays 3:45-5:15 pm AKST

Feb. 9, 16, 23, Mar. 2, 9, 16

Author Zaretta Hammond

The achievement gap remains a stubborn problem for educators of culturally and linguistically diverse students. With the introduction of the rigorous Common Core State Standards, diverse classrooms need a proven framework for optimizing student engagement and facilitating deeper learning.

Culturally responsive pedagogy has shown great promise in meeting this need, but many educators still struggle with its implementation. In this book, Zaretta Hammond draws on cutting-edge neuroscience research to offer an innovative approach for designing and implementing brain-compatible culturally responsive instruction.

Register by Jan. 20, 2021 for a free print book.

Register for Culturally Responsive


When will these book studies take place?
All groups will occur from 3:45 to 5:15 pm AKST on Tuesday or Thursday beginning in February and running for 6 weeks.

Will I have to pay to join or pay for the book?
No, the book studies are free and the paper book will be provided at no cost to those who register by Jan 20.

Can I join more than one book club?

Do I have to read the whole book?
No. The participants will likely focus on one or two chapters at a time.

Can I get credit for participating?
Yes. Email for course credit registration link.

How do I get my book and the zoom link for the meetings?
Within 24 hours of registration, you will receive an email with more information on how to get a free copy of the book. You’ll also receive a calendar invite that includes a Zoom link for the meetings.