Knowing that teachers truly are better together, our goal is to provide new offerings to connect and inspire California’s teachers. That’s why we’re so excited to launch our first ever #BetterTogetherCA book club today! California teacher Angela Barnett sparked the idea at one of our recent Twitter chats, and we also solicited feedback from our incredible network of teachers to help turn our idea into a reality. We were blown away by the thoughtful responses we received from over 100 teachers!

Today, we’re thrilled to launch our first ever book club slow chat on the book “Kids Deserve It! Pushing Boundaries and Challenging Conventional Thinking” by Todd Nesloney and Adam Welcome. With teacher feedback in mind, we’ll be reading the full book and our teacher moderator Angela Barnett will be posting questions via Twitter each Monday, Wednesday, and Friday throughout March.

How will it work?

  • Each month, we’ll take the teacher suggestions and feedback we’ve received to date to select a new book to focus on for the month.
  • Our teacher moderator Angela Barnett (@MrsBarnett_Tchr on Twitter) will share our questions and the @CATeacherSummit
  • Depending on the number of chapters/length of the book, we’ll set a schedule and release an image like the one above so that you’ll know when to expect new questions to be posted each week.
  • You can answer the questions and response to others anytime you like throughout the week. Use #BetterTogetherCA to be sure that your comments will be connected to the chat as well as the A1 (Q1) format if you’re answering a specific question.

First time trying out a Slow Chat? Ours too! Please feel free to share feedback by emailing Emily Davis with any ideas you have to make our chat as smooth as possible.

We’re hopeful that our virtual book club will enable teachers to access and utilize the wealth of information, research and relevant books available for teachers, with a community of conversation and support to help drive dialogue forward, spur on new ideas, and implement new learnings in the classroom. We look forward to the conversation!