Even more Reading Clubs

TAB is the book club welcoming all Middle Schoolers and High Schoolers for the widest variety of reading.  Details.

Student led Book Clubs: H-B and the public library have a good number of additional reading and book clubs led by students. Not all of them tackle entire books; some are formed to read articles or poetry. Join at any time! If you don’t see a reading group focused on your area of interest, get Maggie’s help to start one!

Faculty/Staff Reading/ Discussion one-time sessions: Be a reader of a book, an article, or just a chapter. Or, be a discussion leading partner to Maggie. Or just attend to hear the book intro and add a great work to your personal reading list. Commitment varies and the program will develop reflective of a variety of staff audiences. Help develop the schedule and series of discussions related to matters of equity and inclusion. Watch this space for the survey! (Since we know your time is valuable, we are exploring the possibility of earning certification points for your participation.)

Action Steps:

1) Stakeholders can survey the growing list of book recommendations with a focus on these titles for 2022-2023: RESKILLING AMERICA, THE SUM OF US, various articles from THE GUIDE FOR WHITE WOMEN WHO TEACH BLACK BOYS, and HOW THE WORD IS PASSED. (Nominate other titles on the interest survey.)  For each session, the discussion leader will select the best chapter to read (to support participants short on time) but participants can read the entire book, too.

2) Invite all staff across APS to respond to the interest survey. (Social Media, Faculty Meetings, DEI stakeholders, Supt Weekly letter.)

3) Apply the data in the interest survey to develop a schedule of either once/month or once/quarter session focused on a particular reading to take place online with Microsoft Teams. The sessions will last 1 hour. Participation in ONE session does not obligate a person to attend all.  The series is designed for busy staff to dip into any of the programming according to convenience.)  Session Design:

  • Part 1: Review of discussion norms (3 min.)
  • Part 2: Announce and surmise upcoming books of focus in the series as well as session sign-up procedures. Recruit discussion leaders of future sessions, if anyone wants to partner with Maggie. (5 min.)
  • Part 3 varies: apply the discussion guide for an interactive discussion of the reading selected for the session (45 min.) Interaction among participants might be augmented by listening to a chapter, engaging with the author, or sharing resources/ podcasts for individuals to apply in practice.

4) Follow up – Staff can watch for opportunities (in Frontline or via email with Maggie) to apply this activity to their transcript, earning them recertification points. If such becomes possible, discussion leader will post the Frontline link in order for participants to immediately fill out the session evaluation form.) (last 5 minutes.)


Help from the library to start a book club.