As part of our professional learning offerings, we are introducing OPC Book Clubs. Through four 60-minute interactive online meetings, OPC Members will come together to discuss how the concepts in the chosen book can support their practice as a school administrator. At the last session, the author will be available to answer questions or support the discussion. Participating Members will have to purchase the books in advance of the first session, participation in the book club is at no cost to Members and Associates. Any non-OPC Members or Associates will pay a fee to take part in the book club. Whenever possible, we have tried to obtain the books at a discounted rate. If a discounted rate is available, it will be detailed below. The rate applies to all OPC Members, whether you participate in the book club or not.

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Reframed Self-Reg for A Just Society

Unsettling Canada

Author: Dr. Stuart Shanker

Description: Reframed is grounded in the three basic principles of Shanker Self-Reg®: There is no such thing as a bad, lazy, or stupid kid. All people can learn to self-regulate in ways that promote rather than constrict growth. There is no such thing as a “fixed outcome”: trajectories can always be changed, at any point in the lifespan, if only we have the right knowledge and tools.  

Facilitator: Farah Slimati and Claudio Moschella

Session dates: All sessions will occur from 3:30 p.m to 4:30 p.m.

April 22
May 20
June 3
June 10 - Dr. Stuart Shanker will be joining the last session for a Q and A opportunity with book club particpants.

 

The book can be purchased from multiple sources:

- Univeristy of Toronto Press

- Amazon

- The MERHIT Centre

 

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Getting Ready for Benjamin: Preparing Teachers for Sexual Diversity in the Classroom

Engage Every Family: Five Simple Principles by [Steven Mark Constantino]

Editor: Rita M. Kissen

Description: Writing from a variety of perspectives, the contributors to this anthology share strategies for incorporating sexual diversity into multicultural teacher education. The essays in this volume range from an analysis of gay stereotypes in teacher education textbooks, to a discussion of queer multiculturalism, to personal accounts by lesbian and gay teacher educators and heterosexual allies who are challenging homophobia and heterosexism in their own classrooms and programs. All agree that education for sexual diversity is as important as education about all other forms of difference, and that future teachers need to know how to create safe spaces for lesbian and gay students, along with the children of gay families who are increasingly a part of the classroom landscape.

Facilitators: Jasminie Singh and Matthew Webbe

Session dates: All sessions will occur from 3:30 p.m. to 4:30 p.m.
April 20
May 11
June 1
June 8 - Editor Rita Kissen will be joining the last session for a Q and A opportunity with book club particpants.

 

The book can be purchased from multiple sources:

- Indigo (note the ebook version is a lower cost)

- Amazon

 

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The BC Principals’ & Vice-Principals’ Association (BCPVPA) and the Ontario Principals’ Council (OPC) are delighted to co-host a Book Club series celebrating Dr. Robyne Hanley-Dafoe’s debut book Calm Within the Storm: A Pathway to Everyday Resiliency. 

Calm Within the Storm: A Pathway to Everyday Resiliency
Author: Dr. Robyne Hanley-Dafoe

Description: An inspiring new voice in resiliency, Dr. Robyne Hanley-Dafoe believes that our modern conception of resiliency as "fighting" or being "tougher" is misguided. Learning happens when we are able to trust and feel safe; fear and shame are barriers, not facilitators, for authentic growth, acceptance, and change. In Calm Within the Storm, Dr. Robyne maps out a kinder approach to taking on the challenges of life and developing authentic self-alignment and balance.

By focusing on research-informed, sustainable, and achievable personal development practices, Dr. Robyne presents a new, attainable model for everyday resiliency - one that everyone can use to feel more grounded and capable. She identifies the obstacles that derail us and keep us stuck, and shows us how to enact our resiliency through stories, research, and practical strategies.

Facilitators: BCPVPA President Darren Danyluk and OPC President Ann Pace

Session dates: All sessions will occur for 60 minutes at 4:00 p.m. PT / 7:00 p.m. ET
May 5
May 12
May 19 - Author Dr. Robyne Hanley-Dafoe will be joining the last session for a Q and A opportunity with book club particpants.

View flyer for more detail  

The book can be purchased from multiple sources:

Indigo

Amazon

 

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