BOOK CLUB Introduction

Cost and Registration Includes

8 facilitated live virtual sessions, 16 hours of Act 48 credits, access to the online community and resources including professional learning, curated reading lists with reader feedback, and supplemental resources, a writer’s notebook and set of colored pencils for note-taking and sketching.

Join us for MCIU’s first book club that values our need to read professional texts and our need to read texts that are just right for our curriculum.  A book club to read and discuss books that help us create equitable classrooms where all students feel seen, know they belong and own their desire to read and write. This is a call for passionate educators and literacy leaders to come together to support one another as we learn and grow. 

This year we will read and discuss diverse and inclusive texts at the upper elementary, middle and high school levels. Our virtual book club will utilize the core principles of #Disrupttexts to guide the work of building diverse and inclusive teaching and learning practices and pedagogies.  Registration is now open and you can learn more about the Educator’s Book Club here.  Our conversations begin on October 12, 2021.

Audience: The group is open to classroom teachers, library/media specialists, reading specialists, coaches, school leaders and administrators in grades 3-12.

Dates: Oct. 12, 2021 – June 2, 2022

Time: 3:15 pm – 4:15 pm 

Format: Virtual

The purpose of this group is to:

  • Develop a community of readers and build relationships across the region
  • Increase exposure to newer, diverse and inclusive books
  • Evaluate and provide feedback on texts for upper elementary, middle and high school levels
  • Curate a list of resources for district/school/classroom curriculum and instruction

A required book list includes 1 professional text/4 classroom texts. The professional text is a practical guide for using book clubs in the classroom and the classroom texts support a range of reading and genres.  The list of titles can be accessed on the registration page.

2021 MCIU Book Club Dates

2021 Book Club Meet-Ups

October 12, 2021

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Introduction and community agreements

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3:15pm - 4:15pm

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November 16, 2021

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Book 1

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3:15pm - 4:15pm

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December 16, 2021

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Professional Text: Breathing New Life into Book Clubs, A Practical Guide for Teachers Ch. 1-3

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3:15pm - 4:15pm

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2022 Book Club Meet-Ups

January 18, 2022

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Book 2

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3:15pm - 4:15pm

Virtual

February 24, 2022

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Professional Text: Breathing New Life into Book Clubs, A Practical Guide for Teachers Ch. 4-6

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3:15pm - 4:15pm

Virtual

March 31, 2022

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Book 3

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3:15pm - 4:15pm

Virtual

April 28, 2022

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Book 4

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3:15pm - 4:15pm

Virtual

June 2, 2022

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Celebration and Reflection

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3:15pm - 4:15pm

Virtual

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Proven educational professional with a passion and commitment to lead colleagues forward and to guide curriculum and instruction. Skilled in long-range planning and creating infrastructure to support the growth of teachers, schools and districts. Over 20 years of experience within the North Penn School District serving as a classroom teacher with leadership responsibilities in the areas of literacy, math, science and use of technology to enhance instruction and serving as a reading specialist and district literacy leader developing systems and structures to promote diagnostic and prescriptive instruction within a responsive teaching framework. Currently serving in the role of Program Administrator of Literacy working to ignite change and to encourage growth in teachers and administrators in the area of literacy instruction while also supporting the instructional coaches throughout our region through the PA Institute of Instructional Coaching (PIIC).

Through all of my years in the field, I've continued to have curiosity and interest in the human aspect of our work. I enjoy reading, watching and reflecting on leadership and relationship and how we can better support each other and work together to evolve our educational systems to support the learners of tomorrow. Our future is in their hands!

Academic Degrees and Credentials:
*K-12 Principal Certification, The Pennsylvania State University, Great Valley
*Collaborative Mentorship and Coaching Certificate, The Pennsylvania State University, Great Valley
*Master of Education, with distinction, Arcadia University
*Reading Specialist Certification, Arcadia University
*Merck Institute of Science Education Teacher-Leader
*Elementary and Kindergarten Education Certification, The Pennsylvania State University, University Park
*Bachelor of Science in Education, The Pennsylvania State University, 1990

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Carey Rhodes is a Project Consultant in the Office of Professional Learning at the Montgomery County Intermediate Unit. As a Project Consultant, she works in the areas of literacy and instructional coaching. Carey provides learning opportunities, technical support, and coaching that are interactive, reflective, and strategy-driven to guide participants from theory to classroom practice.

Prior to her serving as a Project Consultant, Carey was an instructional coach, literacy specialist, and secondary classroom teacher. Utilizing her background as an instructional coach and literacy educator, she encourages participants to learn and grow together by reflection in, on, and about instructional practice. Carey believes educators are stewards of learning and need to model for their students that learning never ends. She encourages a mindset of collaborative exploration and challenge. Carey is supportive of sharing our learning journeys in order to build our capacity, construct and clarify our understandings, and shift the teaching and learning experience. She thinks a learning environment that is anchored in an intentional instructional design supports transferable learning and student achievement.

Carey has a Bachelors in Educations from The University of Scranton and a Masters of Education from Cabrini University. She holds Pennsylvania Certifications in English 7-12 and Reading Specialist K-12.