Schmoker Focus Online Discussion Invite

Dr. Schmoker’s new book Focus recently hit shelves and has brought with it opinions ranging from love it to hate it. In fact, one statement claims that it is even potentially dangerous.

With it being ASCD’s member book and with Schmoker’s reputation, it is imperative that educators beginning discussing and understanding the potential implications of a work that is sure to be a topic of discussion in many school districts and potentially shape their pathways.

For that reason, a number of us on Twitter and in person decided it is worth gathering to discuss this book with educators globally. As a means of making it an easy entry point for discussion, here is what we are thinking as a means of discussing the work.

Discussion Number One: Twitter (#focusASCD)
Date: Wed February 16th at 9pm EST
Topic: Chapters 1-2 — tweet and discuss quotes, thoughts, questions, concerns, and opportunities (feel free to use the study guide as well)

Discussion Number Two: Twitter (#focusASCD)
Date: Wed February 23rd at 9pm EST
Topic: Chapter 3-4 — tweet and discuss quotes, thoughts, questions, concerns, and opportunities (feel free to use the study guide as well)

Discussion Number Three: Elluminate/-like Open Mic Book Talk
Date: Wed March 3rd at 9pm EST
Topic: Entire Book (feel free to use the study guide as well)
Link: TBD

If you have alternatives to the above, please feel free to share in the comment section. This is meant to be informal so we are surely not tied to the above. The key is to find a few common gathering times online that we can discuss the work.

Please complete the following Google Form so we can determine interest.

Thanks and we hope to see you there!

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