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June 2021 | Learning and Leading Professional Learning News: Summer Reading and Learning
Welcome to the June 2021 edition of Learning and Leading.

For most educators in Canada, June means the end of another school year and planning those year-end celebrations and graduations as students move on to the next grade level or new challenges in post-secondary education or work. This June, unfortunately, has many of the same characteristics as last June. Students, parents, caregivers, and school staff are ready for a break. The 2020–21 school year has been another exhausting one, but there is hope that we will move to a post-pandemic life by September.

In this month's newsletter, we are focusing on summer reading and learning. As we head into a much-needed summer break, now is the opportunity to reflect on this past year and plan for a great start in September. Please enjoy our suggestions for good summer reads and opportunities to refresh and renew your practice for next school year. We wish you a relaxing and restful summer break and a fantastic 2021–22 school year to come!

—Solution Tree Education Canada
New and Best-selling Books
Five Paths of Student Engagement
Five Paths of Student Engagement
With Five Paths of Student Engagement, you will embark on an educational quest that leads directly to your students' well-being, learning, and success.
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A highly anticipated companion to the wildly popular HEART!, SOUL! empowers educators to take another giant leap toward fulfilling their professional promise.
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Teaching With Purpose
Teaching With Purpose
Built on seven well-researched principles, this practical resource outlines how to purposefully and intentionally cultivate a learning environment conducive to student success.
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Teaching for Lifelong Learning
Teaching for Lifelong Learning
Discover a lifelong learning approach to education that will help prepare your students for an uncertain and changing world.
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You Can Learn!
You Can Learn!
With You Can Learn!, you will discover intentional and purposeful steps your PLC team can take to increase the self-efficacy of every learner.
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Coaching for Educator Wellness
Coaching for Educator Wellness
Acquire evergreen coaching strategies alongside fresh new solutions that will help you differentiate support for new and veteran teachers, address teacher self-care, and more.
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On-site and Online
Professional Development
Instruction Professional Learning helps you develop and implement high-yield instructional strategies, tools, and best practices that lead to thriving classrooms for all learners—including differentiated instruction for special education students, English learners, and high-achieving individuals. Learn more »

Mind the Gaps Portable Event Package offers targeted virtual sessions that detail how to proactively close achievement gaps across grade levels and subject areas. Teachers, leaders, and teams will learn how to determine essential learnings, accurately measure student progress, and develop a system of interventions for learners who need additional time and support. Learn more »
Expert Spotlight
Karen Gazith
Karen Gazith, PhD, is dean of academics at a K–11 school in Montreal, Quebec, and a faculty lecturer in the Department of Educational and Counselling Psychology at McGill University.
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Upcoming Events
[Webinar] New Mindset, New Results: How a Professional Learning Community Recovers Learning
With Greg Kushnir, Sharon V. Kramer, Jasmine Kullar, and Mike Suderman
July 7, 2021 | 3:00 p.m. EDT
The pandemic has significantly affected learning results for our students. In this one-hour webinar, learn how we can work differently in our schools to overcome gaps and accelerate learning within the normal timeline of a school year.
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Achieve Virtual Institute
Achieve Virtual Institute
Virtual Event | August 16–18, 2021
The last year has challenged our schools and disrupted teaching and learning as we moved between in-person and remote instruction. It's time to capitalize on the moment and transform assessment practices to foster hope, efficacy, and achievement. Join us for a variety of practical sessions that support the whole child and the whole educator.
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Behavior Solutions Virtual Workshop
Behaviour Solutions: A Practical Roadmap for SEL Success in All Tiers
Virtual Workshop | October 13 and 20, 2021
Fostering positive behaviour and SEL by utilizing the PLC at Work® and RTI at Work™ processes will improve your school culture, increase attendance, and address inequities in school discipline. This workshop is designed to create a practical roadmap for meeting the needs of the whole child.
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Complimentary Chapter
SOUL! Sample Chapter
Access a sample chapter from SOUL! about the significance of stillness and how to find joy in the power and the solitude of the quietude life.
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Coaching for Educator Wellness Reproducible
Use this activity from Coaching for Educator Wellness to identify and reflect on leadership qualities that you admire and display.
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The Solution Tree Blog
Doable Differentiation: Is Every Student "Shakespeare-Ready"? By Jane A. G. Kise
When I was young enough to still need a babysitter, my parents gave me a choice. I could go with them to a live production of Shakespeare's "The Taming of the Shrew" and sit in the balcony with one of my big brothers (I have four). Or, they'd find a babysitter…
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Jane A. G. Kise
Videos to watch and share
Watch an enlightening conversation between author Timothy D. Kanold and Darshan M. Jain, director of mathematics for Stevenson High School, about avoiding entropy and embracing positive change.
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Watch a lively discussion with author Katie White about the power of assessment and its ability to build hope in the classroom and ensure high levels of learning for all.
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Additional Reading & Listening
Featured Article
The Colour of Wellbeing: How do we ensure the wellbeing and success of BIPOC students and K–12 staff?
Article: The Colour of Wellbeing: How do we ensure the wellbeing and success of BIPOC students and K–12 staff?
BIPOC (Black, Indigenous, and People of Colour) K–12 students and staff experience lower levels of wellbeing. Yet, a growing focus on wellbeing approaches such as mindfulness, social-emotional learning, trauma-informed practices, and self-regulation can have harmful effects on racialized students…
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Featured Video
Principal Center Radio—Alex Kajitani: Owning It!
Video: Principal Center Radio—Alex Kajitani: Owning It!
In this video, author Alex Kajitani joins Principal Center Radio host, Justin Baeder, to discuss his book, Owning It: Proven Strategies to Ace and Embrace Teaching.
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Are you an avid reader of professional books for K–12 educators? We are looking for reviewers to provide feedback on new books in development. If you are interested in becoming a reviewer, please let us know by emailing [email protected]
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