Online book study group: A Sense of Belonging

August 28th, 2009

If we invest in beginning teachers up front and provide them with more support in the beginning of their teaching career, then we will reap the payoff in the long run—skilled, thoughtful, reflective, and energized educators who are essential members within our collaborative learning community and committed to student learning and achievement.


A Sense of Belonging
In her new book, A Sense of Belonging: Sustaining and Retaining New Teachers, Jennifer Allen offers research-based, practical ideas on how to support new teachers while honoring and celebrating the innovation, idealism, and enthusiasm they bring to the classroom.

Join fellow teachers, literacy coaches, mentors, and principals in our online book discussion group as you read A Sense of Belonging, and discuss your thoughts and insights on how schools can offer sustained support for new teachers. Share what worked in your school, or for you personally, and what didn’t work.

The discussion will be moderated by Janice Driscoll, principal of Midlakes Intermediate School in Clifton Springs, New York, and starts on Thursday, September 17. Janice will guide the discussion, ask questions, and respond to comments. To participate in this free group:

  1. Order the book by Thursday, September 3 for guaranteed delivery by Tuesday, September 15 (see free shipping offer below). You can preview the entire text on our Web site.

  2. Visit the discussion group’s home page on the social networking site Ning.

  3. Click the Sign Up link in the upper right part of the page to become a member of Stenhouse on Ning. After completing the form, you’ll be redirected back to the group’s home page, which should now display +Join Book discussion: A Sense of Belonging near the top. Click that link to join the group.

  4. In the Discussion Forum window, click on a topic or thread that you would like to read or respond to. The moderated discussion will begin on September 17.
    *Free shipping offer extended*
    We’ve extended free shipping on A Sense of Belonging to Thursday, September 3. Just enter the discount code NLQ at the bottom of the “Summary” checkout screen at stenhouse.com. Orders placed by September 3 will be shipped for delivery on or before September 15.

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