Online Book Studies 

Thank you for visiting CREA's online professional development opportunities. Please read the instructions below before selecting and purchasing any of the available options. 


What should you do next? 

1. Pick a book study from the options below.

2. Follow the prompts to purchase your selected book study.

     You'll choose between $35 - Single Registration (for one person) or $100 - Facilitator Guide (for a whole group.)

3. Once you've purchased the online course, you will receive a confirmation email with a button to download a registration form. 

4. Once we've received your completed registration form, we'll email a confirmation to you that you've been added to the MicrosoftTeams Channel related to your selected course. 

**You are responsible for purchasing any required course materials. 

Credit Information 

  • Credit for all virtual courses is available through Valley City State University. You are responsible for registering and purchasing the credit.

  • Once you have completed the course and filled out the exit evaluation, the instructor on record will enter your grade with VCSU.

Building a Culturally Responsive Teaching  Practice: Using Theory, Research, and Action 

Author: Geneva Gay

This course will assist educators in understanding, analyzing, and challenging traditional classroom beliefs and practices with culturally, racially, economically, and other diverse learners. Additionally, the educator will examine and reflect on his/her implicit and explicit beliefs, values, and philosophies. Completing this course will help educators construct a culturally responsive practice using both theory and research. 

Required Materials: Building a Culturally Responsive Teaching Practice: Using Theory, Research, and Action -  Geneva Gay (2010)

$35 Single Registration / $100 Facilitator Guide

Culturally Responsive Teaching & the Brain: Preparing Independent Learners 

Author: Zaretta Hammond

This course will assist educators in understanding the connections between neuroscience, learning, and culture. It also will describe easy-to-implement strategies to help push dependent learners to become independent learners. Additionally, the educator will examine and reflect on his/her implicit and explicit beliefs, values, and philosophies. Completing this course will help educators use brain-based research to create or enhance a culturally responsive learning environment for all learners

Required Materials: Culturally Responsive Teaching & the Brain -  Zaretta Hammond

$35 Single Registration / $100 Facilitator Guide

Engage Every Family: Five Simple Principles (Family Engagement)

Author: Dr. Steve Constantino

Family Engagement significantly correlates with student learning, so we are excited that you are taking this step to become better at engaging families in your classroom and school.  

This course will be based upon the book, as well as,  Constantino's website.  

This course will examine your school's culture, relationships with families, empowerment of families, decision making, and community connection.  It will give you many ideas and help to develop a plan to move forward and engage ALL families to increase student engagement and learning.    

Required Materials: Engage Every Family: Five Simple Principles - Dr. Steve Constantino

Single Registration - Free 

Fostering Resilient Learners

Author: Kristin Souers and Pete Hall

This course is designed to assist educators in understanding trauma and how it manifests in the classroom, reflect upon their instructional practice and beliefs through a trauma-informed lens, implement trauma-informed instructional strategies, and examine self-care practices.

Required Materials: Souers, Kristin with Hall, Pete. (2016). Fostering Resilient Learners: Strategies for Creating a Trauma-Sensitive Classroom. Alexandria, VA: ASCD.

$35 Single Registration / $100 Facilitator Guide

Help for Billy

Author: Heather Forbes

This course is designed to assist educators in understanding how trauma-impacted children experience the traditional world of school, and to help educators discover what can be done to support trauma-impacted students to be ready and able to learn in their school environment.

Required Materials: Forbes, Heather T. (2012). Help for Billy: A Beyond Consequences Approach to Helping Challenging Children in the Classroom. 

$35 Single Registration / $100 Facilitator Guide

Overcoming Burnout and Compassion Fatigue in School

Author:Alison Dubois and Molly Mistretta

This course is designed to assist educators in identifying and addressing professional burnout and compassion fatigue. Upon completion of this course, participants will be able to understand the definitions of burnout and compassion fatigue and the differences between them. You'll be able to ​analyze​ your own level of burnout and compassion fatigue and apply​ reduction and recovery strategies. Lastly, you'll create​ ​a personalized burnout and compassion fatigue prevention plan, using at least three of the prevention plan resources provided in this course.

Required Materials: DuBois, A. L. & Mistretta, M. A. (2020). Overcoming burnout and compassion fatigue in schools: A guide for counselors, administrators, and educators. Routledge.

$35 Single Registration / $100 Facilitator Guide

Relationships, Responsibility, and Regulation

Author: Kristen Van Marter Souers and Pete Hall

This course is designed to assist educators in adopting and maintaining a student-focused versus content-focused mindset to support students in experiencing safety and connection in school and an enhanced ability to access a ready-to-learn state.

Required Materials: Souers, Kristin Van Marter with Hall, Pete. (2019). Relationship, Responsibility, and Regulation: Trauma-Invested Practices for Fostering Resilient Learners

$35 Single Registration / $100 Facilitator Guide

The Behavior Code: A Practical Guide to Understanding and Teaching the Most Challenging Students

Author: Jessica Minahan

This course will assist educators in understanding and teaching students with challenging behaviors. It also will explain a behavioral intervention framework based on research and practice. Additionally, the educator will examine and reflect on his/her implicit and explicit beliefs, values, and philosophies about students with challenging behaviors. Completing this course will help educators understand, develop, and use a behavioral intervention plan for students with challenging behaviors.

Required Materials:

Minahan, J., & Rappaport, N. (2018). The behavior code: A practical guide to understanding and teaching the most challenging students. 

Minahan, J. (2016). The behavior code companion: Strategies, tools, and interventions for supporting students with anxiety-related or oppositional behaviors. 

$35 Single Registration / $100 Facilitator Guide

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