Cool idea: Ed Week’s teacher book club

The folks at Education Week and Teacher Magazine have a great idea for those of us who don’t have time to gather in living rooms over coffee, cokes and cake to discuss professional books: an online Teacher Book Club.

Their virtual club kicked off over the summer with some excellent discussion of charter school principal Linda Nathan’sThe Hardest Questions Aren’t on the Test (check out the archive here and see how it all works).

Ed Week’s next Teacher Book Club chat starts October 29 and runs (asynchronously) for a week.The book is Just Like Us: The True Story of Four Mexican Girls Coming of Age in America by Helen Thorpe. The author followed four bright and ambitious students for five years from their Denver high school through college. At the heart of the story, says Ed Week commentary editor Elizabeth Rich, “are the personal identities of these four young women—two of whom are illegal immigrants—and how they balance who they are with their ambitions for the future.”

You don’t have to read the book (or finish it) before the chat. There’s a backgrounder here in the form of an interview with Thorpe, who will be on hand during the week to interact with everyone who’d like to participate.

A virtual teacher book club is a great idea — and if you’re able to drop by, you might leave an idea for a future book in this series. PS: You can follow the discussion on this page.

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