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Summer Book Club: Encouraging Empathy through Critical Thinking with Literature

Looking for an in-depth PD opportunity to energize your practice this summer? Join the TeachersFirst® 2022 Summer Book Club! Read and discuss popular books with other educators and learn to use critical thinking strategies to help students develop habits of mind that encourage the growth of empathy.


About Our Book Club:

Our book club is a discussion-driven professional learning opportunity at the intersection of critical thinking and literacy instruction designed to help you:

  • Learn to use popular books to spark discussions about challenging topics.
  • Help students develop critical thinking skills and draw real-world connections to the fiction they read.
  • Discover strategies for planning and executing literature-focused lessons.
  • Connect, engage, and exchange ideas with other educators across the country.

Participants that successfully complete all components of the book club receive a certificate of participation for 24 CEUs to document their professional learning and are reimbursed for the price of the e-book(s).

Schedule & Eligibility

The summer book club starts July 5, 2022, and ends August 11, 2022. Educators should plan to commit 4 hours per week for 6 weeks for a total of 24 hours (reading, asynchronous discussion, and required meetings). Participation is limited to the first 120 eligible applicants living in the United States who apply by June 24, 2022.

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