Warren Buffet stated, “The most important investment you can make is in yourself.” Years of experience has shown me that this is very true. Do you agree with his reflective thought? How can we best invest in ourselves? Some of the most successful people read a lot. Warren Buffett was once asked about the key to success, he pointed to a stack of nearby books and said, “Read 500 pages like this every day. That’s how knowledge works. It builds up, like compound interest. All of you can do it, but I guarantee not many of you will do it.”
Being involved with children, educators, families and communities, experience taught me that literacy, being able to read and exchange ideas with others about the book, opens doors to the future. It is with these thoughts in mind, that I sought to plan a #BookCampPD summer reading, professional learning, initiative that would reflect educators’ interests. I asked the opinion of a wide variety of educators, including recommendations from those currently involved in weekly chats. Here are the authors who will be joining us during #FAR – Friends and Reading! Educators will be learning when far from school with others who share their passion for increasing their knowledge.
June 16 – Path to Serendipity: Discover the Gifts Along Life’s Journey – Allyson Apsey @AllysonApsey
June 30 – Supporting Struggling Learners: 50 Instructional Moves for the Classroom Teacher – Patricia Vitale-Reilly @pattyvreilly
July 14 – It’s All About Books: How to Create Bookrooms and Classroom Libraries That Inspire Readers – Tammy Mulligan, Clare Landrigan @teachersforteachers @clareandtammy
July 28 – Striving to Thriving: How to Grow Confident, Capable Readers – Annie Ward and Stephanie Harvey @annietward and @stephharvey49
August 11 – Professionally Driven: Empower Every Educator to Redefine PD – Jarod Bormann @jbormann3
August 25 – Being the Change: Lessons and Strategies to Teach Social Comprehension – Sara Ahmed @sarakahmed
During the summer the chats will rotate with a guest moderator, who has been involved with weekly #BookCampPD sessions discussing aspects of the book, followed by the author of the book joining us. There will be a new book every other week! During the two weeks a book is highlighted, special contests and engaging activities will take place to increase the element of fun.
Just as exciting as the authors who will be sharing in our learning, are the guest moderators who are volunteering their time and efforts! It is thrilling to have June 23 – Amanda Sopko, July 7 – Chris Cooper, July 21 – Elyse Hahne, August 4 – Rachelle Dene Poth and August 18 – Roman Nowak as guest moderators. Sharing this information with you, months in advance, will hopefully provide the time necessary for you to purchase and read the books that are jumping off the shelf into your arms. Please consider purchasing one of these books that can be your “ticket” to, as Warren Buffet states, “compounding interest.”