Book Club – August 2023


Building a Better Teacher

Green takes aim at the myth of the “natural-born teacher” and reveals that great teaching is not magic, but a skill—a skill that can be taught. 

We can learn from the collaboration and support provided in other countries, like Japan, where teachers practice jugyokenkyu, or “lesson study,” sessions where they analyze each other’s lessons to better understand what they’re doing right, and what they should be doing better. 

August 14 @ 6-7:30 PM

Building a Better Teacher

At the ECAT Wayne Building
650 East Ave, Erie PA 16503


This month’s reading is a single chapter from Building a Better Teacher by Elizabeth Green.

Building a Better Teacher

Elizabeth Green

Chapter from the book: KneAd and Rise
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Free copies of the chapter available upon request when registering.

Additional Resources

Optional readings and resources coming soon.

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Where do you meet?

Meetings take place at ECAT Wayne Building.

What does a meeting look like?

After a brief welcome, we break into small 4-5 person groups and discuss the book chapter for one hour before meeting back with the larger group for closing reflection. Discussion prompts are provided to get the conversation started but each group is encouraged to discuss topics most interesting to them.

Who is this for? Can I join?

For people who teach, want to teach, or have a job that supports learning. This includes anyone who works in a learning space such as a school, afterschool center, museum, library, online classes, etc. 

We are a broad collection of people that includes school teachers, teaching artists, after-school educators, professors, school administrators, nonprofit staff, artists, creatives and parents. We all want to support programs that develop creativity.

Educators who want their student’s to develop a creative practice face unique challenges. We know that cultivating creativity in our students is vital. However, the practice of teaching creativity is challenged by an education system focused on improving standardized test scores. Conversations are focused on how we can better nurture creativity in our students and share practical strategies to overcome the unique challenges of our learning environments.


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The Erie Center for Arts & Technology (ECAT) is a community-based educational arts and career training facility that inspires, educates and empowers people of all ages with adult job training and creative youth programs.




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Erie, PA 16503

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