Online Professional Development Book Study

Each fall and spring semester, All Belong, in partnership with Calvin University, offers an online book study on a best practice topic in education. Each course is completely asynchronous, allowing you to participate at times most convenient for you while interacting weekly with your classmates and the facilitator. Through readings, course discussions, and feedback from the facilitator, you will be challenged to apply the content to your work.


Upcoming Book Study: Rebound

The Details: (Note: registration for this book study is now closed)

  • A 10 week book study running from late September through early December.
  • Facilitator: Phil Stegink, All Belong Teacher Consultant and Professor Emeritus of Education at Calvin University.
  • Run in partnership with Calvin University; Participants can earn 1 Graduate Credit or 25 SCECH credits.
  • Available to both All Belong member and non-member educators.
  • Space is limited!  Use the form at the bottom of this page to register.

The All Belong Fall 2021 Book Study Book: Rebound: A Playbook for Rebuilding Agency, Accelerating Learning Recovery, and Rethinking Schools

The All Belong fall 2021 book study, Rebound: A Playbook for Rebuilding Agency, Accelerating Learning Recovery, and Rethinking Schools is an application to rebuilding schools in the midst of the COVID 19 pandemic of the research on effective teaching practices conducted by John Hattie and colleagues.

This book is written to encourage, to challenge, and to provide intentional direction to educators who will grapple with teaching in the era of a global pandemic. Grounded on concepts of Visible Learning championed by John Hattie, Rebound … seeks to learn lessons from teaching during COVID 19 that will empower educators to rethink and reshape ideas of learning and practices of instruction.

This book is arranged in “learning modules” that will both provide content to be considered and activities to apply concepts.

Some of the issues and concepts addressed by Hattie et al. include:

  • Rebuilding Agency of both educators and students
  • Identifying how curriculum can promote ‘recovery’
  • Exploring how effective instruction will promote ‘recovery’
  • Experiencing assessment as a tool for ‘recovery’
  • Developing school-wide systems that can facilitate ‘recovery’
  • Preparing learning ‘leaps’ that will mobilize intervention efforts
Phil Stegink
The Fall 2021 Book Study will be facilitated by Phil Stegink

Participants in this workshop will broaden their understanding of effective teaching practices that will enhance “recovery” from learning setbacks associated with the global pandemic. Participants will analyze why specific teaching practices might be effective and they will expand their repertoire of instructional strategies that will help students to make up for learning ground lost during the pandemic.

This workshop will be formatted as a ten-week, asynchronous online book discussion.

Participants will read assigned chapters each week and will discuss with workshop colleagues the content of the chapter and its application to school and to their work.

The workshop will be facilitated by Philip Stegink, Professor Emeritus of Education at Calvin University.

Sign up for the 2021 All Belong Book Study:

The registration for the Fall 2021 All Belong Book Study is now closed.  Stay tuned for information on the 2022 Spring Book Study.  Questions?  Email us at