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On-Demand Online Classes

Boys and Reading

Available in Early 2020

As many of us know, encouraging boys to read—particularly as they get older—remains a challenge. In spite of the popular belief that this task falls into language teachers’ domain, it is an important issue for every teacher because research shows that reading affects a boy’s success across the curriculum. All boys’ schools, librarians, and teachers should address this challenge. The purpose of libraries in boys’ schools, impact of teacher librarians, and the example set by other teachers and adult role models play a starring role.

This on-demand class launches participating teachers and schools into a space where they can develop and implement programs that encourage boys to read. Dive deep into recent research and also investigate practical ideas for engaging boys in reading, improving their reading abilities, and deepening their love for books.

Who Should Attend?

All boys' educators benefit from the insight of this class. Classroom teachers and librarians gain ideas to put into practice immediately. School leaders get a better understanding of the impact of reading on boys across the curriculum and how to integrate its value across the school.

Course Format

Start your on-demand online class at your convenience. The on-demand format works on your schedule: You may pause your class whenever you want; it will resume where you left off when you return to the online platform. You have 30 days to access and complete course work at whatever pace you choose. If you need access for longer than 30 days, you will have to re-purchase the course. All purchases are final, non-transferable and non-refundable.

It takes the average participant three to four hours to complete an on-demand online class. Each class has three sections:

  1. Get the context for the research and resources from a welcome video and introduction to the research basis and implications for schools.
  2. Engage with the resources and research itself, with additional supplemental resources.
  3. Check your understanding. Take a short quiz and apply knowledge you learned by responding to a case study. Then receive feedback from the course facilitator.

After you satisfactorily complete the quiz and case study. you earn a certificate of course completion. The certificate notes the actual amount of time you spent engaging in the learning management system.

Contributing Experts

Successful educators Di Laycock and Trish Cislak have invested countless hours in their own schools to engage boys authentically in reading. They both share valuable insights about this topic in this class.

Trish Cislak

Trish Cislak

Di Laycock

Di Laycock


Course Facilitator

Bruce Collins

Bruce Collins

Director of Membership Engagement

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