Dr. Schmoker’s new book Focus recently hit shelves and has brought with it opinions ranging from love it to hate it.

You can read some of my preliminary thoughts about the potential impact of the book in Change Change.

With it being ASCD’s member book and with Schmoker’s reputation, it is imperative that educators begin discussing and understanding the potential implications of a work that is sure to be a topic of discussion in many school districts and one that may influence the pathways that schools choose to take.

For that reason, a number of us on Twitter and in person decided it is worth gathering to discuss this book with educators globally. As a means of making it an easy entry point for discussion, here is what we are thinking as a means of discussing the work.

Discussion Number One: Elluminate (#focusASCD)

Date: Wed February 16th at 9pm EST

Topic: Chapters 1-2 — tweet and discuss quotes, thoughts, questions, concerns, and opportunities (feel free to use the study guide as well)

Discussion Number Two: Elluminate (#focusASCD)

Date: Wed February 23rd at 9pm EST

Topic: Chapter 3-4 — tweet and discuss quotes, thoughts, questions, concerns, and opportunities (feel free to use the study guide as well)

Discussion Number Three: Elluminate (#focusASCD)

Date: Wed March 3rd at 9pm EST

Topic: Entire Book (feel free to use the study guide as well)

Link: TBD

If you have alternatives to the above, please feel free to share in the comment section. This is meant to be informal so we are surely not tied to the above. The key is to find a few common gathering times online that we can discuss the work.

Please complete the following Google Form so we can determine interest.

Thanks and we hope to see you there!

3 Responses to “Schmoker Focus Online Discussion Invite”
  1. I recommend changing the hashtag. Just doing a search this morning after reading ch. 1 lead to overflow of tweets that reference “focus.”

  2. I suggest we use #focus and add #edfocus or #focusbt (bt = book talk) for archiving purposes…not having any idea how many people are going to join us and who they are makes it tough to get the word out.

  3. The hashtag will be #FocusASCD

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