Saturday, May 23, 2015

What's in Your Professional Reading Stack?

One of my favorite all time lines from a picture book is, "You can be happy and sad at the same time."  The line is used in The Hello, Goodbye Window by Norton Juster and illustrated by Chris Raschka.  In the book, the character is sad to be leaving Nanna and Poppy's house, but at the same time is happy to be going home.  The line speaks to so much in our lives.  It is perfect for the end of the school year.  I'm always a little sad to see communities, the way we know them, end.  They're never quite the same so I cherish those final days together.  However, I also look forward to the days of summer to have time to catch up on reading, spend some time writing, ponder professional books, and join professional conversations that will help to improve my practice.

One of my favorite summer professional opportunities is #cyberPD.  This year will be the 5th year for this global professional conversation.  Laura Komos, Michelle Nero, and I are excited to hosting this annual event.  The conversation takes place in July, but we like to choose our book early so we know which one to save for the conversation and professional learning with this diverse group of educators.  We're in the process of making that decision now, and there are so many great books to consider.  #goodproblems

Share Your Stack 
We'd love to hear from you.  Which books are in your professional stack for summer reading?  Do you think there are particular titles that would be perfect for discussion?  We hope you'll share your stack this weekend.  We'd like to have stack suggestions by May 25th so that we can announce this year's title on May 30th.  You can share your stack in our #cyberPD Google Community and on Twitter using the hashtag #cyberpd (

Here is Michelle Nero's stack.
We'll announce the title for July's #cyberPD conversation by May 30th.  We hope you'll join us!

1 comment:

  1. First I have to figure out how to capture my print books and my digital books in the same image. And then there's getting all my books in the same place. Some are at school and some are at home and I'm sure there are some that are in a book bag somewhere. :) Can't wait!