A Stoughton book study group had another opportunity to work with an author in 2018, when they chose Cultivating Curiosity as their text. Author Wendy Ostroff, who happens to also be a native of Stoughton, stopped by to engage with the teachers and had this to say about her visit:
"I had a wonderful conversation about my book Cultivating Curiosity with the teachers of the Dawe School. Their insights and questions revealed to me that they're being given the freedom and encouragement to be true teacher/scholars, and their students will benefit most of all from this stance toward education. The experience was extra meaningful to me since I went to the Dawe School from kindergarten through sixth grade, and many of the stories and examples of my own transformative learning took place within those very walls! What an honor to come back after all these years and see that the passion for meaningful pedagogy continues."
Members in the Stoughton group can take the Book Study a total of three times, so we can’t wait to see what they do for their final course! We asked facilitator Leah Dowd about her group’s experience with Book Studies:
"Teachers found the course work reflective, valuable, and to be worth their personal time. Learners Edge Book Study left our staff eager to learn and they are now asking each semester if there will be another one coming up! To conclude some of our book studies, reaching out and actually connecting with the authors, such as Wendy Ostroff, Tammy Mulligan, and Clare Landrigan, has brought their texts and instructional recommendations to life in a more impactful and applicable way for the teachers participating in the book study.
Facilitating this course for my colleagues was easy and beneficial. The Book Study has brought teachers together from not only my school, but from across our district to have meaningful discussions about current professional literature. It has been rewarding to observe the teachers apply the knowledge and skills from the text immediately into their classrooms. Being able to take a course where we chose the text has created a newfound interest and ownership over our adult learning lives. "