The Connected Educator book cover

The Connected Educators Book Club is an opportunity to read books about or related to online communities, then discuss them with your peers and the author, through asynchronous (self-paced) dialog (in a Book Club Ning) and weekly real-time multimedia discussions in this room on Blackboard Collaborate.  You’ll also receive weekly emails from the club highlighting the latest book-related discussions and events.

Our first book is, appropriately, Sheryl Nussbaum-Beach’s The Connected Educator, which compellingly lays out a step-by-step path to using online connected communities to become a connected learner engaged in do-it- yourself professional development. Even if you think you know it all, we promise this book’s club sessions will be engaging and thought-provoking. You can buy a copy of The Connected Educator here.

The Book Club will start with our first real-time/webinar meeting on August 8th and last ten weeks, covering a chapter/week.  Real-time discussions will be on Wednesdays at 9 PM ET, but the club will be structured such that you do not need to attend the real-time sessions in order to participate (we’ll also make it easy for you to get caught up if you can’t be involved in all ten weeks).

Even though the book club officially starts August 8, 2012 you can jump in at anytime. Just register below and then join the Book Club NING where our asynchronous conversations are taking place. All the archives for the synchronous sessions are linked inside the Book Club Space.

62 Responses to The Connected Educators Book Club

  1. Christie Reitsma says:

    @mrscreitsma (Twitter)

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  2. Pat Smiley says:

    I am emailing and twitting to all I know! You don’t want to miss this opportunity for 10 weeks of meaningful dialogue about developing your professional self!

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  3. Twitter – @judibeefl
    Skype – JudibeeFL

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  4. Gary Ackerman says:

    @drgaryackerman is looking forward to reading about what everyone is reading.

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  5. I think this will be a gr8 opportunity to meet other people who are interested in this idea. Thanks for being willing to run this kind of shared learning chance.

    Hurray. my twitter name is @ratzelster


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  6. I just ordered my book and will start reading. It’s going to be my last year of teaching, but I still want to learn something every day.


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    • You may be retiring, but you’ll always be a teacher. Who knows where all your connectedness will lead you…..this book changed my thinking and I can hardly wait to discuss it with someone like you. woo hooo!!!!!


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    • Okle Miller says:

      We should all be life long learners. What a great example you are to your students! I just bought my copy and am excited to get started.

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  7. I love the idea of joining this club!
    From Chile

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  8. Jane Cooper says:

    Excited to connect, communicate, and collaborate! Looking forward to a lively discussion.

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  9. Liz Renshaw says:

    im in Australia so looking forward to xatching groups, connecting and sharing where I can. What a great innovation this one is… thanks muchly..

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  10. Marie Coleman says:

    Just ordered my copy – look forward to the connections!

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  11. Looking forward to learning from all of you, kindred spirits.

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  12. Liz Grant says:

    Looking forward to this experience. I am also going to tell my friends on monday about this.



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  13. Kris Campea says:

    @TchEngRox is in!

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  14. Tiffany says:

    Looking forward to learning more about how to connect to educators as well as students.
    Twitter: @gedesl9
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    I’m in the works on the Wikipages for my classroom!

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  15. Marjorie says:

    I too, just ordered my book a few days ago. I have so much to learn! Glad to see all of you here!

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  16. Lindsey says:

    I just ordered the book. Looking forward to connecting with everyone!


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  18. Lynda Chick says:

    I can’t wait to get started!

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  19. I bought the book on Kindle a while ago but have not yet got around to reading it so am really glad that I can join the community. I am starting a new position in a new country in a week and am a big proponent of connecting.

    Heather Davis

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  20. Chip Cash says:

    @njcashman (

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  21. @jfriesen (twitter)

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  22. Sayyid says:

    I am so happy to be living in these exciting times and be a part of this great momentum of sharing and learning acrross borders. The speakers are superb

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  23. Bought this book last fall and tried to encourage my new assistant principal to start a book club with it. Understandably, she was too busy her first year at our school to do this, so I’m excited to be a part of this learning community!

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  26. Bonnie says:

    I am so looking forward to this!

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  27. Verena Roberts says:

    Looking forward to it!
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  29. Debby McLean says:

    Looking forward to being part of this learning community.

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  30. Faiza Umar says:

    Marhaba from the U.A.E! Looking forward to connecting with lots of educationists from around the world! Very very excited!

    Faiza Umar
    Twitter: @faizaumar100

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  31. Sue Maloney says:

    I’m looking forward to this book club! Any assignments before Wednesday?

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  32. Lynn Schultz says:

    I signed up for the book club but haven’t received any information or confirmation. Has anyone else?

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    • Sue Maloney says:

      Hi Lynn. I haven’t received confirmation either, and registered again this morning in case my first attempt failed. I’m sure all is well!

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  33. I’m in! I think the conversations will be so meaningful and powerful. I can’t wait to connect with my colleagues and push my understandings further.

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  34. Heather Peretz says:

    Looking forward to the start of this book club and connecting with other like minded educators.

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  35. Margaret (Peggy) Aubrey says:

    I am signed up now. When do we find out if we receive a free book? I don’t want to wait too long to start reading it.

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  36. Jacqueline says:

    What a great idea, looking forward to reading and discussing with everyone.


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  38. Gary Page says:

    Excited to share the passion for Professional Learning Communities!

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  39. Barbara Bray says:

    I am always learning from my PLN. Thanks Sheryl! I write a blog on and interview authors :o)

    Twitter: @bbray27
    LinkedIn: barbarabray
    Facebook: barbarabray

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  40. @tmorris209
    My book just arrived in today’s mail, and I can’t wait to start reading!

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  42. Tiffany says:

    I have not received my book yet. I hope it’s coming in the mail this week!

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  43. Craig Martin says:

    I am excited about evolving into a more effective connected educator. I would also like to join the book club and learn from some of the great experts in the field.

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  49. Tamera Leatherwood says:

    I retired from teaching a year ago. I am currently tutoring part time and consider The Connected Educator an awesome resource to enrich my work with students. I am thrilled about my new learning platform with you all!

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  50. Craig Martin says:

    The 21st Century Connected Educator by Craig Martin
    If you would’ve asked me if I were a “Connected Educator” a month ago, I would enthusiastically tell you that I try to talk to as many people as I can and have face to face networking sessions as often as my schedule will allow. However, after reading The Connected Educator: Learning and Leading in a Digital Age by Sheryl Nussbaum-Beach and Lani Ritter Hall, I would have to apologize emphatically about how “out-of-touch” I am with Education 2.0.

    The Connected Educator is a rich resource, transcendent and poignant to the core in providing real world ways to ratchet up how we evolve as educators and technology integrationalists. 21st Century Professional Development should be boundless in opportunities where teachers create, collaborate, and cultivate promising communities of practice and commit to plugging into all the ubiquitous learning taking place across the globe. “The idea of orchestrating your own learning, selecting your own mentors, organizing your own conferences and workshops, and pursuing just-in-time learning” in this Connected frame of mind is transforming education forever.

    After participating in the Connected Educator Month, sponsored by the U.S. Department of Education; participating in the Learning 2.0. Virtual Conference led by edtech pioneer, Steve Hardagon; discovering my Digital Footprint in Verena Roberts MOOC; and devouring the Connected Educator, I find myself invigorated in taking charge of my own professional development in ways I could never imagined.

    In developing my own connected teacher network, I am collaborating with and availing myself to thousands of teachers around the globe who share a common goal to become more effective educators and heighten student engagement and achievement. We are creating and engaging in communities of practice such as wikis, blogs, Twitter, Skype, and Facebook where we can share ideas, inquiries, and investigations, and the benefits of a “collective intelligence” is invaluable.
    I implore my fellow colleagues to take a moment to reflect on your own practice as ask yourself one question: Am I serving as a catalyst for 21st Century teaching and learning in my own community?
    For those who desire to enhance their practice among a culture and community of change agents, I implore you to do the following:
    • Join Twitter. Find people who share your passions and interests and follow them. And they will undoubtedly follow you to as you emerge as a force in the community.
    • Create and maintain a blog of your practice. What you do in your work matters and there are teachers and educators abroad who are edifying their teaching based upon ideas you may bring to the table.
    • Be okay with not being an expert. Connect and collaborate with a supportive cast of educators who are open to supporting you as you fortify your own personal learning network. There is nothing more powerful than a team of cheerleaders who only desire to see you succeed!

    In conclusion, I want to leave you with this thought from Nussbaum-Beach & Hall, “We all have a choice: A choice to be powerful or pitiful. A choice to allow ourselves to become victims or activists. A choice to take a stand on behalf of the children we serve. The world is at your fingertips. Figure out your personal vision for change in your school or classroom. Learn how to leverage the wisdom of the crowd. Build alliances. Find your tribe, your community. Then do something powerful to promote change. Sit down with other educators and share what you learn. Be a transparent learner. Be the example you want your students to become. Show them what a learner does to make the world a better place. Choose to be powerful!”

    Craig Martin
    Twitter: craigcmartin12

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