Winter Gifted Book Study: Students At the Center

Fifteen (15) Contact Hours - Graduate Credit Available What is the purpose of education? Ask anyone, and the answer will probably be some variation of learning and applying specific content from common subject areas, such as literature, math, science, and social studies

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Overview:  What is the purpose of education?  Ask anyone, and the answer will probably be some variation of learning and applying specific content from common subject areas, such as literature, math, science, and social studies.  The authors of this book apply a broader lens, and identify the purpose of education is to help students “develop the intellectual and social strength of character to live well in the world”.  Participants of this book study will learn how to use content instruction as a foundation for teaching students to take responsibility for their personal learning and to develop habits of mind that will carry them through adulthood.  Are you ready to create a classroom environment that is vibrant and empowers students to be active learners, not just passive receivers of information?  The authors promise us recommendations for adjusting classroom practices to facilitate learning that is self-directed, dynamic, sometimes messy, and always meaningful.

General Educator Specialized Training for Competencies addressed:

  • Ability to understand and address social and emotional needs.
  •  Ability to recognize and respond to characteristics and needs of students from underrepresented populations.
  •  Ability to participate in the development of WEPs.
  • Required text:  Purchase a copy of the text at Amazon by clicking on the button below.  The text is required for this course.

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“Prior to Starting the Book Study: What You Will Need”

MRESC Book Studies: Powered by Google Classroom (Simple, Easy & Accessible from Every Device)

Google Account? To participate in the MRESC Online Book Studies, you will need to have a G-Suite for Education**  account, or a personal Google account.

Important Note for G-Suite For Education UsersIf you plan to participate in the online course using your district account, you must do the following prior to the start of the class

(1) Notify Your Building Administrator & IT Department that you would like to use your G-Suite for Education account. 

(2) Request that the District confirm it has “White Listed” the Educational Service Center domain (  If this step has not been completed, you will not be able to accept the Google Classroom invitation or course code at the start of the class.  

(3) Make sure your district has given educators the ability to “join classes” created from outside organizations.   Google Classroom’s “default” settings prohibit the joining of classes from outside your school.    

  • What if the District I Am Unable to Use My District G-Suite Account? If you are not authorized to use your G-Suite for Education account for the online book study, you will need to utilize a personal Google account for the course.
  • Setting Up Your Personal Google AccountIf you do not have a G-Suite for Education Account (or are unable to use your district account), you will need to utilize a personal Google Account for the course.  You can create your personal google account at  During the account creation process you will have the ability to utilize an existing email   address as your username and account email.

When Will I Receive More Information from the MRESC Registrar Regarding Class? Approximately five (5) days prior to the start of your course, paid registrants (PayPal, Credit Card, or by Purchase Order) will receive an email from the ESC requesting that you confirm the email address for the associated Google Account that you will be using for the duration of the course Important: Our team, will use this email to link the course to your Google Account, and send you an invitation (or custom course code) to join the course.

  • Signing Into the Class: On the first day of class you will receive an invitation or custom course code to login to the online book study.  You will receive this invitation from the MRESC Registrar or Book Study Facilitator.  For additional information on how to “join” a class, please go to:

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