Online Book Study

Online Professional Development Book Study

Each fall and spring semester, we offer an online book study on a best practice topic in education. Each course is completely asynchronous, allowing you to participate at times most convenient for you while interacting weekly with your classmates and the facilitator. Through readings, course discussions, and feedback from the facilitator, you will be challenged to apply the content to your work.

Please see below for this semester’s offering. Questions? Please contact us at 616-245-8388 or by email if you have any questions.

Thank you for your interest in the study. The Fall 2018 course is full! If you’d like to receive information about our Spring 2019 study, please indicate your interest on this form.

Fall 2018 Book Study

Make It Stick: The Science of Successful Learning

Make It Stick book coverIn their book, Make It Stick: The Science of Successful Learning, Brown, Roediger, and McDaniel turn fashionable ideas of learning on their heads. Leaning on what is known about learning from cognitive science, the authors provide a clear understanding of central elements of learning and offer concrete techniques for becoming and developing more productive learners. For example, common study practices like highlighting, underlining and rereading are counterproductive. Durable learning comes from practices such as self-assessment and practice that challenges, rather than repetitive activity. Make It Stick will appeal to those interested in the challenge of promoting learning that endures.

Participants in the book study can expect to spend 2-4 hours per week reading and discussing the content of the book. Since the book study will be conducted entirely online in an asynchronous manner, participants are expected to be familiar and comfortable with online learning.

Course Dates: September 10 – December 5, 2018

Required Material (participants are responsible for purchasing):

Brown, P. C., Roediger, J. L., & McDaniel, M. A. (2014). Make it Stick: The Science of Successful Learning. Cambridge, MA:  The Belknap Press of Harvard University. ISBN:  978-0-674-72901-8

Registration and Credit Options (paid directly to CLC Network):

  • CLC Network registration: $165
  • CLC Network registration + 25 State of MI SCECHs: $205
  • CLC Network registration + 1 Calvin College Graduate Credit: $315
  • CLC Network registration + 3 State of Iowa licensure credits: $205 (please note: an additional $105 must be paid to the State of Iowa)

Refund Policy: A 90% refund is available before the class start date of September 10, 2018. After this time, an 80% refund is available until the end of the fifth week after which time no refunds will be given.

Meet Your Instructor:

Phil Stegink

Phil Stegink
Special Projects, CLC Network

  • B.S. Calvin College, 1978: Elementary Education Teaching Certificate, Grades K-8 Social Studies Group and Special Education
  • Endorsement Grand Valley State University, 1978: Cognitive Impairment and Emotional Impairment
  • M.A. University of Northern Colorado, 1980: Learning Disabilities, Grades K-12

Your school or organization can participate in an exclusive professional development online book study that will challenge each participant to reflect, critique, and apply the course material to their position. Similar to our semester offerings, each participant from your group can expect to spend about twenty-five hours over the twelve-week course on the content. The asynchronous format, conducted on the learning platform, Moodle, would allow participants to complete the course at their convenience, within a set schedule.

To ensure a high-quality experience, we require a minimum of ten participants and a maximum of twenty-four participants per book study.

If you would like to arrange an online book study for your school or organization, please contact us.

Each book study is led by a professional educator. Availability is subject to change. You can download a PDF of the book study options here: Available Book Study Topics

Please complete the form below to receive information about the Spring 2019 online book study when it becomes available. Please note that submitting this form does not register you for the course. Additional registration and payment are necessary.