We offer several online book clubs per year. Each book club is a series of four 60-minute interactive discussions. 

Through these peer-facilitated, co-learning sessions, OPC Members and Associates will explore and discuss key concepts in the chosen book and how those concepts might inform practice as a school leader. For at least one session, the author would be invited to attend and answer questions or support the discussion. 

Participants will need to purchase the books in advance of the first session. Whenever possible, we try to obtain a discounted book price. If a discounted price is available, it will be detailed below. The rate applies to all OPC Members and Associate Members, whether you participate in the book club or not.

Book Clubs are open to all OPC Members. Participation in the book clubs is at no cost to Members and Associates. Non-Members welcome. We encourage broad and diverse input and participation in attending, recommending books, and facilitating sessions. 

Call for Titles!

If you are interested in suggesting a book for a future book club, and/or volunteering to facilitate the sessions  and/or writing a book review for the Register Magazine, complete our form. Potential facilitators need only have enthusiasm for reading the book and willingness to facilitate some conversation.

Suggestions and Volunteering

Fall 2023

Enacting Anti-racist and Activist Pedagogies in Teacher Education: Canadian Perspectives

Book cover

Authors: Ardavan Eizadirad, Zuhra Abawi and Andrew B. Campbell

Description: A timely edited collection that examines the complexities, challenges, spaces of resistance, and possibilities when faculty—specifically Black, Indigenous, and racialized faculty—advocate and implement anti racism approaches and pedagogies in Canadian teacher education programs.

Full description and details in product flyer.

To purchase this title from Canadian Scholars, Members can use our OPC Discount Code during check out for a discount on copies - ENACTINGBOOKLAUNCH (expiry extended to November 30, 2023)

Meeting on Tuesdays:

  • October 10 - Dr. Eizadirad will be joining us!
  • October 17
  • October 31
  • November 14 *Rescheduled to November 21

Time: 4:00 to 5:00 p.m. EDT/EST

Cost: Free

Facilitators: Jacklyn Truscello & Farah Slimati, Peel DSB

Reading Above the Fray (K-2)

Book coverAuthor: Julia B. Lindsey

Description: Dr. Julia B. Lindsey’s evidence-based routines help young readers decode words efficiently so they can spend more energy on comprehending-and enjoying-what they read!

You’ll discover:

  • Need-to-know essentials of how kids learn to read.
  • Principles of high-quality foundational skills instruction.
  • Teacher-approved instructional "swaps" to improve early reading instruction.

Dr. Lindsey addresses content learning, culturally responsive practices, and the importance of engaging readers from the start.

Meeting on Wednesdays:

  • October 18
  • November 1
  • November 15
  • November 29 *Dr. Lindsey will be joining us!

Time: 4:00 to 5:00 p.m. EDT/EST

Cost: Free

Facilitator: Melissa Murray, York Region DSB

Winter 2024

 Building Thinking Classrooms in Mathematics (K-12)

Book coverAuthor: Peter Liljedahl

Description: A thinking student is an engaged student. Sparked by observing teachers struggle to implement rich mathematics tasks to engage students in deep thinking, Peter Liljedahl has translated his 15 years of research into this practical guide on how to move toward a thinking classroom

This guide:

  • Provides the what, why, and how of each practice and answers teachers’ most frequently asked questions
  • Includes firsthand accounts of how these practices foster thinking through teacher and student interviews and student work samples
  • Offers a plethora of macro moves, micro moves, and rich tasks to get started
  • Organizes the 14 practices into four toolkits that can be implemented in order and built on throughout the year

When combined, these unique research-based practices create the optimal conditions for learner-centered, student-owned deep mathematical thinking and learning, and have the power to transform mathematics classrooms like never before.

Meetings on Thursdays:

  • January 25, 2024
  • February 8
  • February 22
  • March 7

Time: 4:00 to 5:00 p.m. EST

Cost: Free

Facilitator: Mervi Salo, Toronto DSB


Daring Greatly: How the Courage to Be Vulnerable Transforms the Way We Live, Love, Parent, and Lead

Book coverAuthor: Brené Brown

Description: In a world where “never enough” dominates and feeling afraid has become second nature, vulnerability is subversive. Uncomfortable. It’s even a little dangerous at times. And without question, putting ourselves out there means there’s a far greater risk of getting criticized or feeling hurt. But when we step back and examine our lives, we will find that nothing is as uncomfortable, dangerous, or hurtful as standing on the outside looking in and wondering what it would be like if we had the courage to step into the arena. 

Daring Greatly is a practice and a powerful vision for letting ourselves be seen. 

Meeting on Tuesdays:

  • January 23, 2024

  • February 6

  • February 20

  • March 5

Time: 4:00 to 5:00 p.m. EST

Cost: Free

Facilitator: Julie Chouinard, Ottawa-Carlton DSB 


Spring 2024

Planning underway. Suggestions welcome! Please submit using the form noted in the details above.

Past Book Clubs

We maintain a list of all past book clubs. If you would like to recommend a book for our book clubs, please check this list to see if we have already offered the title. The list might also be useful if you are looking for a book to read for your own professional growth.

Organized by Session Offered


Title Author(s) Session Date
The NEW team Habits Anthony Kim Winter 2020
Instructional Leadership Peter DeWitt Winter 2020
Breaking the Ocean Annahid Dashtgard Spring 2020
Deep Diversity Shakil Choudhury Spring 2020
Dare to Lead Brene Brown Spring 2020
21 Things You May Not Know About the Indian Act: Helping Canadians Make Reconciliation with Indigenous Peoples a Reality Bob Joseph Summer 2020
Devil is in the Details Michael Fullan Summer 2020
Quality Implemetation Jenni Donohoo and Steven Katz Summer 2020
Challenging Mindset James Nottingham Summer 2020
Empathy Effect Helen Riess Fall 2020
The Skin We're In Desmond Cole Fall 2020
10 Mindframes for Leaders John Hattie Fall 2020
Unsettling Canada:
A National Wake-up Call
Arthur Manuel and
Ronald M. Derrickson
Winter 2021
Engage Every Family Steven M. Constantino Winter 2021
Humanizing Distance Learning: Centering Equity and Humanity in Times of Crisis Paul France Winter 2021
Reframed Self-Reg for A Just Society Stuart Shanker Spring 2021
Getting Ready for Benjamin:
Preparing Teachers for Sexual Diversity
in the Classroom
Rita M. Kissen Spring 2021
Culturally Responsive School Leadership Muhammad Khalifa Summer 2021
The Blueprint: 6 Practical Steps to Lift Your Leadership to New Heights Doug Conant Summer 2021
Collective Student Efficacy
Developing Independent and Inter-Dependent Learners
John Hattie
Douglas Fisher
Nancy Frey
Shirley Clarke
Summer 2021
How to be an Anti Racist Ibrahim Kendi Fall 2021
Cultivating Genius Dr. Goldy Mohammed Fall 2021
Unreconciled: Family, Truth, and Indigenous Resistance Jesse Wente Winter 2022
Leading from the Inside Out Charles Pascal Winter 2022
Lead From Where You Are Joe Sanfelippo Fall 2022
Street Data Shane Safir, Jamila Dugan Fall 2022
My Grandmother's Hands Resmaa Menakem Fall 2022

From the Ashes: My Story of Being Métis, Homeless, and Finding My Way

Jesse Thistle Winter 2023

Stuck Improving: Racial Equity and School Leadership

Dr. Decoteau J. Irby Winter 2023

Coaching for Equity: Conversations That Change Practice

 Elene Aguilar Spring 2023
Indians on Vacation  Thomas King Spring 2023
Enacting Anti-racist and Activist Pedagogies in Teacher Education: Canadian Perspectives Ardavan Eizadirad, Zuhra Abawi and Andrew B. Campbell Fall 2023
Reading Above the Fray Julia B. Lindsey Fall 2023

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