2023 Paraeducator Book Study - The Power of the Podcasts

June 1 - 20, 2023

Special Education


Good morning!


Here is the ZOOM link for our next conversation on June 15, 2023 at 8:00 am


Our next conversation will center around the SOLD A STORY podcast Episodes 1-3.

As you listen to each episode, think about:

● What moments and ideas in this episode stood out to you? Why?

● What challenged you? What surprised you? Why?

● What in this episode resonated with your own experience?

● What questions do you have?


Episode 1: The Problem (32:47)


Corinne Adams watches her son's lessons during Zoom school and discovers a dismaying truth: He can't read. Little Charlie isn't the only one. Sixty-five percent of fourth graders in the United States are not proficient readers. Kids need to learn specific skills to become good readers, and in many schools, those skills are not being taught.

Episode 2: The Idea (51:41) 


Sixty years ago, Marie Clay developed a way to teach reading she said would help kids who were falling behind. They'd catch up and never need help again. Today, her program remains popular and her theory about how people read is at the root of a lot of reading instruction in schools. But Marie Clay was wrong.


Episode 3: The Battle (41:09)


President George W. Bush made improving reading instruction a priority. He got Congress to provide money to schools that used reading programs supported by scientific research. But backers of Marie Clay’s cueing idea saw Bush’s Reading First initiative as a threat.




Jun 5

Good morning!

Please enjoy the following Documentaries from Emily Hanford for our upcoming session on Monday, June 5, 2023 at 8:00 am. (changed from 6/8/23): 

Hard Words-"Why aren't our kids being taught to read."

 At a Loss for Words-"What's wrong with how schools teach reading."  

We will then begin our journey through the SOLD A STORY PODCAST:

June 15,2023-We will discuss Episode 1,2,3

June 20,2023-We will discuss Episode 4-5-6


Please feel free to contact me if you have any questions!

Have a great day....and enjoy the beautiful weather!








Jun 1

Good morning!  

This is a notification to inform you that this book study title is changing. I just finished the book and feel that a change in the book would better fit the needs of all participants.  So....PLEASE DO NOT PURCHASE THE BOOK (if you haven't done it yet!) If you have purchased it, please feel free to read it. It just went in a different direction than what I hypothesized from the synopsis and from hearing him speak!

So, I am going to switch it up and do a series of PODCASTS by Emily Hanford around Literacy. Her podcasts are absolutely wonderful!  She is an engaging speaker and as an investigative reporter for APM, has really brought to light literacy instruction in the United States.  

Participants will be required to listen to the following podcasts and then join in on a  conversation in our face-to-face ZOOM meetings.  

  1. At a Loss for Words
  2. What the Words Say
  3. Hard Words
  4. Hard to Read
  5. SOLD A STORY (5 EPISODES with a bonus 6th if interested!)

Please remain registered if this interests you or feel free to Unregister if podcasts are just not your thing!  I will say that I have listened to these more than once and continue to go back to them when out walking or driving to a school!

Please feel free to reach out to me with any questions or comments!  I apologize...but really didn't want to dive into a book, that after selecting and finally getting the time to read, just didn't cut it for our discussion!  

I do hope that you join me in this change in the road!

Have a great day!


Erin McManamon


May 15

Format: Podcast link  https://features.apmreports.org/reading/

Zoom Link will be sent to participants.
Meeting Dates/Times
Thursday, June 1, 2023 7:30-8:30 am 
Thursday June 8, 2023 8:00-9:00 am 
Thursday, June 15, 2023 8:00-9:00 am 
Tuesday, June 20, 2023 8:00-9:00 am 

How It Works: 
1. Watch the required Podcasts
2. Check your email for the ZOOM link and Syllabus (one week prior to the meeting) 
3. Join ZOOM using the link provided 
4. Read the book as outlined and shared during our first organizational meeting 
5. Get ready to share your thoughts and ideas as we journey through the book together Zoom 
6. If you are not present for a ZOOM meeting, you will be required to provide a written summary of the chapters covered in order to receive your hours 
7. A certificate with your 15 credit hours will be issued upon completion of the book study


**15 professional development hours will be awarded for participation in the book study series. A certificate of completion will be provided. 

NOTE: The hours will be awarded for the 2022/2023 school year OR the 2023/2024 school year. 


Registration closed on 2023-06-01

Available Credit or Activity Hours

Act 48 Activity Hours
15.0 Hours
Academic Content Studies Special Education
General Activity Hours (non-PDE)
15.0 Hours


Thursday, June 1
7:30 - 8:30am
Zoom 1
Thursday, June 8
8 - 9am
Zoom 2
Thursday, June 15
8 - 9am
Zoom 3
Tuesday, June 20
8 - 9am
Zoom 4