WUP STEM Book Study

Posted on July 21, 2022 in Press Release

 Join a book study this fall based on “5 Practices for Orchestrating Productive Talk-Based Discussions in Science”. 

Earn a $250(?) stipend and up to 14 SCECHs while working with other area educators to learn how to implement high-cognitive demand tasks that promote using student work to engage in productive and meaningful classroom discussions with the 5 Practices model.

The book study will meet virtually, for six one-hour sessions (4:30-5:30 EST) and a ninety-minute post-implementation session:

  • October 3, 2022 Introduction & Chapter 1
  • October 10, 2022 Chapter 2
  • October 24, 2022 Chapter 3
  • November 7, 2022 Chapter 4
  • November 14, 2022 Chapters 5 & 6
  • December 5, 2022 Chapter 7 and next steps

After completing the book study, participants will implement what they have learned in their classrooms.  A follow-up meeting will be held at a date TBD in late January or February of 2023 to share the successes and challenges of implementation.

Here’s what previous participants have to say about the 5 Practices book study:

  • “I loved this PLC group and am going to recommend the book to my colleagues within my district department.”
  • “Well worth it, I usually hate book studies but we stayed on task..”
  • “Thank you for introducing me to this book. I plan to implement this in my classroom this year.”

If you are interested please complete this google form application by Monday, September 26. Space is limited to 12 participants. 

Please email facilitators Jen Pera ( or Chuck Palosaari ( with any questions.

This work is partially funded through a MiSTEM Network grant through the Michigan Department of Education and through a MTU grant awarded through NSF’s Noyce Funding.