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.

Spring 2019 Book Study

Visible Learning and Mathematics Instruction: What Works Best 

Register by Friday, February 1

The CLC Network Spring 2019 book study, Visible Learning and Mathematics Instruction: What Works Best, is an application to teaching mathematics of the research on effective teaching practice conducted by John Hattie and colleagues. 

Participants will choose to read one of two books for this course. Visible Learning for Mathematics: What Works Best to Optimize Student Learning by John Hattie and colleagues will focus on understanding how principles of “visible learning” apply to teaching mathematics throughout the K-12 grades. The second book, Teaching Mathematics in the Visible Learning Classroom: High School Classroom Companion, is a companion that focuses on teaching mathematics in the high school classroom. Participants will choose one of the two books and discussion groups will be organized by the book chosen.

These books emanate from the extensive research conducted by John Hattie and expanded by numerous colleagues. Hattie has analyzed thousands of individual research projects using methods of meta-analysis. As a result of many analyses, Hattie identified and described highly effective teaching practices, which he summarized as visible learning. In coining the term “visible learning,” Hattie asserts that clearly described, intentional teaching by teachers and thoughtful, intentional learning by learners make a positive difference in authentic learning. 

Some of the issues and concepts addressed will include: 

  • The balance of surface, deep, and transfer learning working in concert 
  • Teacher clarity, visible learning, and teaching math 
  • Mathematical tasks and talk that guide learning 
  • Surface mathematics learning made visible 
  • Deep mathematics learning made visible 
  • Assessment, feedback, and meeting the needs of diverse learners 

This workshop will be formatted as a twelve-week, asynchronous online book discussion, allowing participants to read and discuss the content at their convenience within a set schedule. Participants will choose one of two books to be read during this book study (participants may read both books, though no additional credit will be given for a second book), will read assigned chapters each week, and discuss the content of the chapter and its application to school and to their work. 

We encourage teachers—including general and special educators–interested in investigating how to design and implement mathematics instruction based on what we know about best practices in pedagogy applied to mathematics instruction to join us for this online study. Administrators, curriculum coordinators, and teacher preparation professionals will benefit from participation in this book study as well. 

Course Dates:  February 4 – May 4, 2019 

Registration closes Friday, February 1

Required Material (participants are responsible for purchasing):

Hattie, J., Fischer, D., & Frey, N. (2017). Visible Learning for Mathematics: What Works Best to Optimize Student Learning. Thousand Oaks, CA:  Corwin, A Sage Company 

ISBN:  13-978-1-5063-6294-6 

Almarode, J., Fisher, D., Assof, J., Hattie, J., & Frey, N. (2019). Teaching Mathematics in the Visible Learning Classroom: High School Classroom Companion. Thousand Oaks, CA:  Corwin, A Sage Company. 

ISBN:  13-978-1-5443-3144

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 

Refund Policy: A 90% refund is available before the class start date of February 4, 2019. 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 register for the Spring 2019 online book study.

  • Please indicate the book you'll read for this study.
  • Please indicate your enrollment preference and the type of credit you would like to receive.
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