Creative Education Book Club

2nd Monday of the Month

A book club for people who want more creativity in education.

Join artists, educators, and program administrators each month as we read and discuss one chapter of a book or a series of short articles. Discussions are in small groups and focused on nurturing creativity in students. 

Next Topic

For White Folks Who Teach in the Hood…and the Rest of Y’all Too

Monday, SEPTEMBER 11 @ 6-7:30 PM
This month we discuss For White Folks Who Teach in the Hood…and the Rest of Y’all Too by Christopher Emdin
Emdin describes how teachers from different cultures can connect and foster success when teaching black students in poor urban schools.
While aimed at black cultures found in the inner city, the advice applies to anyone teaching students from a cultural background that is not their own.
Learn more.

Small Commitment

Each month we read one chapter of a book or a series of short articles. The total reading is typically 10-20 pages. We meet for 1.5 hours on the 2nd Monday of the month.

Smart Discussion

Participate in focused small group discussion with 4-5 fellow educators. Suggested prompts make it easy to get started with flexibility to discuss challenges unique to your group.

Diverse Perspectives

Join educators from different learning environments: schools, after-school centers, art centers, universities, nonprofits and more.

Join Now

It is free to join the book club. Register below to get started.

Where do you meet?

Meetings take place at the 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.


Contact Jude Shingle, Art Program Director


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.




Erie Center for Arts & Technology
650 East Avenue, Suite 120
Erie, PA 16503

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