What Should I Learn This Summer?

“Education is the kindling of a flame, not the filling of a vessel.”― Socrates

There is no way to fully describe my excitement about summer learning each year. It is even more fun to craft suggestions for my teammates. While this year, the primary summer learning for faculty in our division is REST, and the second is to read their grade level’s book on Ruth Bader Ginsburg as our all-school read, a suggested goal is to explore content and skills practice with lots of suggestions. My colleague Bela and I went through our favorite spots and devised this list. (Our list also included behind-the-curtain training for Math in Focus and Wit & Wisdom, two of our anchor curricula.) Did something help you? Tweet us and let us know!!

How are you and your colleagues exploring summer professional learning?

Early Literacy

The Art and Science of Teaching Primary Reading by Christopher Such

One Sentence at a Time article and The Writing Revolution: A Guide to Advancing Thinking Through Writing in All Subjects and Grades by Judith C. Hochman and Natalie Wexler

Mathematical Practice

Youcubed: How to Learn Maths for Students (yes, take this one!!)

Youcubed: What is Number Sense?

Build Math Minds: Teaching Mathematics Series

Build Math Minds: Mathematical Fluency Series

Mike Flynn: Rethinking Mathematics Playlist

Mathematical Mindsets by Jo Boaler

Becoming the Math Teacher You Wish You’d Had by Tracy Johnston Zager

Taking Action: Implementing Effective Mathematics Teaching Practices by Huinker and Bill

Teaching and Learning Practice

Creating Cultures of Thinking by Ron Ritchhart

Developing Assessment-Capable Visible Learners by Frey, Hattie, and Fisher


Self Reg for Elementary Teachers

Five Domains of Self-Reg

Five Steps of Self-Reg

Self Reg Misconceptions Playlist

Institutional Equity, Justice, and Belonging

Learning for Justice Social Justice Framework

Cultivating Genius by Gholdy Muhammad

Troublemakers by Carla Shalaby

For Vocation & Inspiration

Let Your Life Speak by Parker J. Palmer

The Gifts of Imperfection by Brene Brown

Onward by Elena Aguilar

The Knowledge Gap by Natalie Wexler

Range by David Epstein

When You Wonder, You’re Learning: Mister Rogers’ Enduring Lessons for Raising Creative, Curious, Caring Kids by Gregg Behr & Ryan Rydzewski


Edu-Twitter is a fantastic way to connect to local, national, and global educators to provide bite-sized pd, provocations, research, and collegiality. I highly recommend making this resource a part of your PD toolbox. (If you need Twitter 101, feel free to set up a time with me this summer and I’m happy to help.)

Who to Follow:

Math: @pwharris, @buildmathminds, @howie_hua, @robertkaplinsky, @illustratemath, @nctm, @Mathgarden, @CFLM_math, @jgough, @bholden86, @kerry_cootemath

ELA: @writeguyjeff, @liv2learn, @greatmindsed, @readingshift, @reading_league, @dyslexiaDA, @pernilleripp, @colbysharp,  Science of Reading list of accounts 

IEJB, SEL, Quakerism: @FriendsCouncil, @theglasgowgroup, @learnforjustice. @stuartshanker, @susanhopkins5, @Self_Reg, @responsiveclass, @TheNoraProject, @pfagell  

General EDU: @ELEducation, @NAISnetwork, @leadanddesign, @ASCD, @suchmo83, @cultofpedagogy, @visiblelearning 

SSFS Colleagues: @glasgow_rodney, @1stFriendSS, @sundreamshine, @teach2connect

Hashtags to Follow: GnuBelongHere, #MathStratChat, #SOR, #edutwitter

And for me…here is my leadership practices and provocations list for the summer.

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