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Earn PLU Credit by Joining Our First Online Summer Book Study This July!

For ABPC’s first-ever summer online book study, we’re trying something different, says Cathy Gassenheimer, something interactive where you and others who participate will connect both synchronously and asynchronously. And, we’ve selected a really engaging book, Think Again: The Power of Knowing What You Don’t Know, by Wharton professor and TED Talk presenter Adam Grant. Learn how to register and earn an ACLD-approved PLU!

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Use Student Learning Communities to Reengage and Accelerate Learning

Fisher and Frey’s step-by-step guide is for every teacher who worries about the chaos expected when students are unleashed to learn together, writes Cathy Gassenheimer. Student Learning Communities is also a good refresher for teachers who want to amplify student voice and ownership of learning and fine-tune their small group instruction.

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Leading Our Schools into the Future with Collective Efficacy

Collective teacher focus is needed now more than ever to address the unfinished learning disrupted by COVID-19, writes Cathy Gassenheimer. Through storytelling, research and reflection, the authors of Leading Collective Efficacy detail the important role leaders must play in developing and strengthening collective efficacy in their school.

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