Through the Healthy Homes for Healthy Kids and Families Grant, the staff from the community schools (Beech, Gossler, and Bakersville) will be able to participate in 3 book studies to seek transformation in their high poverty schools. Teachers want to make what they study not only something they understand, but something they may use in their everyday lives or work. The study group acts as a bridge, helping educators in the community schools move from passive to active learning. The group's dialogue will revolve around getting to a better understanding of the issues presented, the applications of the material to personal and professional experiences, and the implications of the information for consideration as the participants apply it to their work and/or lives.
The educators committed to reading and discussing a selected book, guided by the
question: "How will this book influence professional practices at both the classroom and
school level?" The three books purchased for the staff by the Healthy Homes for Healthy Kids and Families Grant book studies encourage school-wide community dialogue on diverse educational issues that impact student achievement. The books (The Differentiated Classroom by Carol Ann Tomlinson, Engaging Students with Poverty in Mind by Eric Jensen, and Visible Learning for Teachers, Maximizing Impact on Learning by John Hattie) along with the book study format offers a supportive environment for staff members to engage in job-embedded practices for personal and professional growth.Our goal is to make recommendations for our educators that will impact instruction for promoting student achievement in our community schools. Thank you for the resources and this wonderful opportunity!