Monday, September 7, 2015

Ditch That Textbook Week 1: Introduction

Welcome to the fall eLearning book club. We are excited to read Ditch That Textbook: Free Your Teaching and Revolutionize Your Classroom by Indiana educator Matt Miller. The digital and paperback versions of this book can be purchased from Amazon. If you don't have the book already, don't worry. You can jump into the conversation a little late if you need to. Just catch up as soon as you're able to.  

Here are some particulars to help you as you participate in the book club:

  • A prompt or question will be posted here in the blog every Monday morning.
  • To receive notifications when posts are made, click Join this site or Follow by email in the bar to the right.
  • Respond to our post and/or respond to a comment by another participant each week. The more interaction there is between participants, the richer and more beneficial the conversation will be.
  • In addition to the amazing connections and powerful learning of being in the book club, participants who make a meaningful contribution to every week's discussion will be awarded 10 PGPs. Additionally, we will award one $1000 professional development grant at the conclusion of the summer book club. Educators with a public school corporation who earn all 10 PGPs are eligible for the grant.
  • **There is no official sign up for the book club. Your first week's assignment is to introduce yourself in a comment to this blog post. Just click the comments link below this post and enter your comment in the text box. You will need to be logged in using a Google account. In your introduction be sure to include your name, school and/or corporation, and what your role there is. (If you have any problems commenting, please email Meri Carnahan at carnahan@doe.in.gov.) 
  • Your reading assignment for next week is the introduction and Section 1 Why Go Digital chapters 1-7.

248 comments:

  1. My name is Lyndzee Stickles. I am a fourth grade teacher at Bon Air Technology Academy in Kokomo, IN.

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  2. Hi! I'm Chantell Manahan, English teacher and Tech Mentor at Angola High School! I can't wait to talk Ditch That Textbook! If you like what you're reading, consider following #DitchBook on Twitter for even more ideas and connections; there's even a #DitchBook chat Thursday nights at 10:00 EST!

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    1. Thanks for sharing this information, Chantell. A great way for people to get even more out of this book!

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  3. Hello everyone. I am Regina Lanham and I am the Assistant Principal at South Central Jr./Sr. High School and eLearning Coach for the district. I look forward to the great conversations and experience of the book club.

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  4. Hi, I'm Jennifer Stahl and I teach 8th grade English at West Washington Jr./Sr. High School in Campbellsburg, Indiana. Each of our students is using a chromebook this year, and I'm excited to learn more about incorporating technology into my classroom. I can't wait to learn from all of you!

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  5. Hello everyone! My name is Aubrey Adams and I teach 1st grade at Bon Air Technology Academy in Kokomo, Indiana. I have been reading enewletters from Matt Miller for the last year and am excited to learn more and implement new ideas into my classroom.

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  6. Hi everyone! I am Sarah Ward and I teach 4th grade at Cedar Canyon Elementary in Fort Wayne. I'm excited to learn about new ways I can incorporate technology into my classroom.

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  7. Hello! I am Ellen Collinsworth and I am the Integration Specialist at South Grove Intermediate School in Beech Grove. Like Aubrey, I have been following posting from Matt Miller and am ready to dive into his book and exchange ideas with all of you here.

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  9. Hi there! I'm Emily Paulsen and I am a 5th and 6th Resource teacher at Maple Ridge Elementary in Pendleton. Matt Miller spoke at a conference I went to this summer and I am so excited to be reading his book and getting in on the whole technology integration into my classroom thing.

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  10. Hello! I'm Meghan O'Connor, and I teach World History at Carroll High School in Fort Wayne.

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  11. Hi all! I am April Pickett! I am currently teaching a 3rd/4th grade split class at West View Elementary in Muncie. I saw Matt Miller speak at a conference this summer and bought his book on the spot! I am looking forward to learning more from the book and all of you!

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  12. Hello! My name is Tracy Vogelgesang. I teach fifth grade at Western Wayne Elementary School in Cambridge City. I heard Matt Miller speak at an inservice last winter, and I am excited to read his book and share in the discussion with all of you!

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  13. Greetings. I am Tammy Farlow, a teacher at Southwood Jr. Sr. High School, Metropolitan School District of Wabash County. My teaching assignment this year is 8th grade math, Spanish 1, and a rotating class of 7th grade Exploring World Languages. This is my fifth time to participate in this eLearning book club: I have enjoyed all of the perspectives from a wide range of participants.

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    1. Hi, I'm Lauren Angeles, a teacher at Kouts Middle and High School. I teach Spanish 1, 2, 3, 4, and middle school exploratory.

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    2. Great to hear; is your exploratory program for all or part of a year? Ours is for six weeks.

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    3. Hi,Tammy! Looking forward to sharing some great conversations with you about yet another book. Perhaps some of those talks can be arranged while enjoying a cup of coffee? I know I'm lucky to get call you colleague, friend, and next door neighbor at school.

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    4. Great to have you back for another book club, Tammy!

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  14. Hello my name is Danielle Wynn, and I am a Physical Education/Health Teacher at East Tipp Middle School. East Tipp is in Lafayette, IN and I teach grades 6th-8th all. I am looking forward to reading this book because our school corporation had a technology conference and Matt Miller was a guest speaker and I thought his tech class was so interesting. I am hoping to gain even more ideas to incorporate technology in my classes.

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  15. Hello!
    My name is Barb Lazzaro. I teach FACS at Hanover Central Middle School in Cedar Lake, IN. I did the summer book club and really enjoyed it! Looking forward to Matt Miller's Book!

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  16. Greetings. I am Tammy Farlow, a teacher at Southwood Jr. Sr. High School, Metropolitan School District of Wabash County. My teaching assignment this year is 8th grade math, Spanish 1, and a rotating class of 7th grade Exploring World Languages. This is my fifth time to participate in this eLearning book club: I have enjoyed all of the perspectives from a wide range of participants.

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    1. Hi Tammy, this is my second study with the IDOE, I really enjoyed the last one. I am curious, what other books have they done?

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    2. I started with Thrive (Meenoo Rami), then Crash Course: The Life Lessons My Students Taught Me (Kim Bearden), Pure Genius: Building a Culture of Innovation and Taking 20% Time to the Next Level (Don Wettrick), and What Connected Educators Do Differently (Whitaker, Zoul, and Casas). There were a couple of other titles in which I did not participate; you can see all of the discussions in the archives located in the margin. Every book has offered some benefits; I hope you enjoy this one.

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    3. Jessica, this is our 12th book club. All but the first one can be found here in this blog.

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  17. Hi! I am Dee Dee Horen, the Curriculum and Instruction Coordinator at South Grove Intermediate. I am excited to be working more closely with my Tech Coordinator to deliver all professional development using technology! Hoping to learn more from you all and Matt's book.

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  18. Hello! My name is Diana Gill, and I am the Instructional Technology Coach for East Porter County School Corporation. I am excited to be participating in my first eLearning book club and look forward to connecting with fellow educators.

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  19. Happy Labor Day all!! My name is Liz Chatwell and I teach 10 & 12 English at Kouts High School in the East Porter County School Corporation. I've enjoyed several of Matt Miller's workshops at recent Google events. Looking forward to discussing Ditch that Textbook!!

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    1. Nice to be able to collaborate with you, Liz! Great turn out from Kouts on this professional development opportunity!

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    2. Welcome back, Liz. It's great to see so many familiar names!

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  20. Hi! My name is Lindsey Taylor. I am a 6th grade teacher at Washington Township Middle School which is apart of the East Porter County School Corporation. I look forward to learning more about how to use technology effectively in the classroom.

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    1. Hi Lindsey! I'm also a 6th grade teacher. I hope to gain some insight on how to best incorporate technology into my classroom.

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  21. Hello, my name is Jessica Hollingsworth. I work at the Technology Academy @ Bon Air in Kokomo as their instructional facilitator. I am excited to be back for another book study with the IDOE. I have attended one of Matt Miller's workshops and I am excited to dig deeper and learn more of his innovative ideas!

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  22. Hello, my name is Sandy Gutzwiller. I teach Spanish at Southwood Jr/Sr High School in Wabash (MSD of Wabash Co.). This is my third eLearning book club. I'm a big fan of Matt Miller! I am looking forward to reading this book.

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    1. Hola, Senora! Glad to know you're participating again this time. I know I've heard you mention Matt Miller in a positive way. Thanks for helping create some excitement to begin another book. I know I'm lucky to have you as a colleague, friend, and next door neighbor at school.

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  23. Hello, my name is Kathy Wright. I teach 3rd grade at Pierceton Elementary School. Pierceton is part of Whitko school district. This is my first eLearning book club. Our district is currently working to build a 1-1 program and so I am excited to see how I can use knowledge gained to improve technology usage in my classroom.

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  24. Hi there! My name is Chelsea Bramfeld and I teach 6th and 7th grade Reading and Language at Kouts Middle/High School in the East Porter County School Corporation. This is my first eLearning book and I am excited for the experience and connections!

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  25. Hey there! My name is Megan Tiscareno, I teach 8th Grade Reading for the School City of Hammond at Clark Middle School. This is my fourth eLearning book club and I really love learning so much each time.

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    1. Hello fellow 'Hammondite' looking forward to learning many things

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  26. Hello! Sean Fahey 4th grade teacher at Throop Elementary in Paoli, IN. I read this book over the summer and have been able to quickly implement many things into my class already. This is my first year to be teaching 1:1 with Chromebooks.

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  27. Good Morning! I am Kathy Garber. I am a third grade teacher at Pierceton Elem. in Pierceton, IN - Whitko Community Schools. I am looking forward to learning more about this topic.

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  28. Happy Monday! I'm Kari Catanzaro, 6th Grade Social Studies Teacher at Maconaquah Middle School in Bunker Hill, Indiana. I'm a huge fan of Matt Miller and Ditch That Textbook- I've seen Matt present several times and always enjoy my interactions with him. We will really enjoy reading this book together- lots of great tips!

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    1. Oops- forgot about Labor Day, I meant Happy Tuesday!

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    2. Great! I am going to a workshop where Matt is presenting on Tuesday.

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    3. Welcome back, Kari! I remember from reading this book that you are featured in one of the chapters. How fun to find your name in there.

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    4. Welcome back, Kari! I love the little teaser that Tammy has given us!

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    5. I was so excited when Matt asked to include me in the book- honored!

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  29. My name is Amy Holtslander. I teach English and Latin at Concordia Lutheran High School in Fort Wayne. I participated in the summer book club--fabulous! Looking forward to this one.

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    1. Hi Amy, Nice to see someone from CLHS on here. Are you going to his Region 8 workshop on Oct 7th?

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    2. Hi to both of you! I am also considering the Oct 7th workshop - maybe we can all meet F2F that day and chat about how awesome Matt Miller & #inelearn chats are! :)

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      The workshop should be very good! I have already read his book at least once. You might consider connecting with him on Twitter at @jmattmiller and follow the hashtag #Ditchbook if you have not already.

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    4. That would be very cool if you and others could connect face to face!

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  30. Good morning, my name is Kasey Barker. I teach 7th and 8th grade math and language arts intervention at Pendleton Heights Middle School in Pendleton, IN! This is my first time participating in the eLearning book club, I am excited to connect and learn with all of you!

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  31. I'm Miranda Hummel, the Media Specialist at Delta High School in Muncie. This is my first eLearning book club and I'm really looking forward to it!

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    1. Glad to see another media specialist in the group!

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    2. Hi Miranda and Susie! So glad to see other library folks. I'm looking forward to reading and sharing this book with my teachers as they transition to using more online curriculum. I hope to learn about new resources we can utilize at all levels in our district and am glad you're here to discuss ideas with.

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  32. Good morning everyone. I am Tom Stoner, principal, at Kouts MS/HS (@KoutsMHS). This is my third eLearning book study and I am excited to be a part of this one. Having met Matt on a number of occasions it will be fun to discuss his book. I look forward to all the insights and nuggets of wisdom everyone will have to share.

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  33. Good morning! I am Rebecca Sanders. I teach Read180 at Michigan City High School in Michigan City. I look forward to exploring this book with other teachers.

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  34. Hi! I am Tammy Stouse and I am the Media Specialist at Twin Lakes High School. I'm looking forward to another great book club :-)

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  36. I am Valerie Zemaitis from Northwest Indiana. I teach 7th grade Social Studies at Wilbur Wright Middle School in Munster, IN. I am looking forward to the collaboration that will occur through this opportunity and the benefits of ideas from Matt Miller being brought into my classroom that we can share with others.

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  37. Good morning! My name is Susan Sanders and I teach government and economics at Kouts High School. Additional responsibilities include RtI, remediation, and credit recovery. This is my first eLearning book study, but have attended a gafesummit session facilitated by our esteemed author.

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  38. Hello! My name is Emily Ahlfeld. I am a 5th grade teacher at Sand Creek Intermediate School in Fishers, IN. I teach Language Arts and Social Studies.

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  39. Hello. My name is Lori Rayl. I am the Intermediate Principal at Tipton Elementary School in Tipton, IN.

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  40. Hi! My name is Jenny Prosser. I teach 8th grade English at East Tipp Middle School in Lafayette, IN.

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  41. Hello! My name is Jen Housinger. I am the Title I teacher at North White School Corporation in Monon, IN.

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  42. Hello, My name is Axel Gruen. I am the principal of St. John-Emmanuel Lutheran School in Monroeville, IN.

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  43. Hello - My name is Tracy Creager. I teach Business and Technology Ed at Angola High School in Angola, IN. This is my first time participating in the ELearning Bookclub : - )

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  44. My name is LaDonna Snyder. I teach Geometry at McCutcheon High School in Lafayette, IN.

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  45. Hello everyone! My name is Aaron Owney and I am the Assistant Principal/Athletic Director for Kouts MS/HS. This is my very first eBook study and I am very excited to be a part it and grow with all of you!

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  47. Hello everyone. My name is Eric Strolberg and I am the eLearning Coach for Irvington Community Schools in Indianapolis. I am looking forward to sharing insights, ideas, and theories on teaching and learning in a "future-ready" environment.

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  48. Hello everyone. My name is Betsy Schwering and I am the Library Media Specialist at Jennings County High School. This is my first ebook study, and I am excited about the content.

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    1. Enjoy seeing other library media specialists in the group!

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    2. Me too! I see your name come across the listserv quite a bit.

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  49. I'm Denise Tahara, the Associate Principal at Concord High School. I'm excited to get the conversations started!

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  50. Hi! I'm Alison Schlotfeldt. I teach English and English as a New Language at East Noble High School in Kendallville. This is my second #inelearn book club, and I can't wait to get reading, and participate in the enriching conversations!

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  51. Hello! I'm Cynthia Himes and I teach English to 9th, 10th, and 12th graders at Angola High School. I am looking forward to participating in my first ever book club, let alone an #inelearn book club.

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  54. Hello all, I'm Sharon Van Kley from Kouts Middle School. I teach 6th grade science, 6th grade digital citizenship and this year I have a 7th grade newspaper class. I saw Matt at the Chesterton E-learning conference in 2014 and he was amazing. Looking forward to reading and discussing his book.

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  55. Hello, my name is Laura Miller. I am the Director of Instruction & Staff Development at South Madison CSC in Pendleton IN. Long title that simply means my role is to support teachers. I am looking forward to my first eLearning book club and learning from the wonderful educators from across Indiana.

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  56. Hello, my name is Amy Everhart. I am the Special Education Coordinator and District Technology Coach at Liberty-Perry Schools in Selma, Indiana. I love getting Matt's blog with tips and try to keep up on reading them. Matt and I had connected on Twitter and I was fortunate enough to meet him in person at the YCSWeLearn event as part of INeLearn Summer of eLearn conferences. I look forward to finally reading the book that I purchased that day while keeping held accountable on my readings through the blog.

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  57. Hi! I'm Lisa and I teach special needs at Concordia Lutheran High School in Fort Wayne. I'm excited to get started with the ebook club.

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  58. Hello everyone!!! My name is Laura Christner. I am the media/tech/testing coordinator at Bellmont Middle School. This is my first ebook book club and I'm excited to see what's ahead to share with my teachers. :)

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  59. Hello all! My name is Teresa Minton, and I am a kindergarten teacher at Nativity School in Indianapolis, (We are located in Franklin Township.) I'm excited to be a part of another book club!

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  60. Hello. My name is Melissa Leap. I am the Director of Curriculum and Instruction for Rush County Schools.

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  61. Hello! I'm Gregory Stetter, and I teach 7th grade Social Studies and High school World History at Southwood Jr. Sr. High School in Wabash. The book is very interesting so far!

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    1. Hi, Greg! Nice to know another teacher in my building is participating. Let's go, Knights!

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  62. Hi there! I am Kelli Thompson, and I teach 6th grade social studies/language at Sand Creek Intermediate in Fishers. We are starting our second year of our 1:1 iPad initiative. I am excited to see what ideas I will learn from this book and how I can incorporate them into my daily lessons.

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  63. Hello! I'm Sarah Wood, I teach 8th grade science at Angola Middle School in Angola, IN.

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  64. I'm Julie Hodges, and I teach PE and Health at North Montgomery High School in Crawfordsville, IN.

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  65. My name is Cathy Gohmann and I teach high school English at Southwood Jr-Sr High, a part of MSD of Wabash County. Currently, I am teaching grades 10 and the regular level of 12.

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    1. Hi, Cathy! This is number 7 or 8? We've done quite a few of these together! I always enjoy your comments and replies. I'm lucky to get to participate with a colleague and friend.

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  66. Hi! I'm Jeannie Smith and I have a multitude of responsibilities but no real title at Bellmont High School/North Adams Community Schools. I attended a couple of Matt's workshops at East Noble the summer of 2013.

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  67. Hi! I'm Chris DeVries, and I am the media specialist for West Noble Middle School and West Noble Elementary in Ligonier, Indiana. I was at a Summer eLearning event where Dave Burgess was the keynote speaker this July. I'm really looking forward to his type of passion combined with technology.

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  68. Hello! My name is Michelle Houser. I am the district library coordinator for North Adams Community Schools and the librarian for Bellmont High School in Decatur, IN. We are in our 4th year of 1:1 with iPads and are now expanding down to 3rd grade by next semester. I am excited to share this book with the teachers in our district as we've been asked to start creating our own curriculum, using textbooks as a resource but not as a focal point. We are not adopting new textbooks for many of our departments. I think Ditch That Textbook - the book will give my teachers some much needed guidance in our endeavor to become "textbookless".

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  69. Hi, my name is Katherine Tackett, and I'm the band and general music teacher at Wainwright MS in Lafayette. We are part of the Tippecanoe School Corp, which participated in a tech conference this summer featuring Matt Miller as the keynote speaker. I was unable to attend the conference, so I am looking forward to studying his book in more detail during this study.

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  71. Hello! My name is Morgan Jones, and I teach sixth grade social studies at Delta Middle School in Muncie, IN.

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  72. Jada Rhodes
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    Special Education Teacher

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  73. Jenni McCammon 1st grade teacher at Pierceton Elementary in Whitko Corp!

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  74. My name is Hilary Stouder. I am a teacher librarian at Whitko Schools at both Pierceton Elementary and South Whitley Elementary.

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  76. My name is Bill Rhodes and I teach 4th grade at Pierceton Elementary School which is one of two elementary schools in Whitko Community School Corporation.

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  77. Hello! I am MaryHelen Gensch. I am a Title I teacher, K-5 building. Our building has gone one to one with different devices. I'm anxious to learn how to use devices with kids within a researched based program.

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  78. My name is Michelle Ball. I'm a fourth grade teacher at Pierceton Elementary in the Whitko School Corporation. Our brand new school is located in Pierceton, Indiana!

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  79. My name is Megan Downs and I teach 1st grade at Pierceton Elementary. We have lots of new technology in our brand new school building!

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  80. Hey INeLearn! By way of introductions, my name is Kelly Scholl and am an eCoach at Mill Creek Community School Corporation in Clayton, IN. I love @jmattmiller's message and can't wait to have conversations and further learning with the INeLearning crowd!

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  81. Hello, all! I am Kyle Kline, Mathematics Curriculum and Technology Integration Specialist at Delphi Community Jr.-Sr. High School in Delphi. I am always learning and can't wait to see what the book blog has for this fall. Matt Miller is fantastic at engaging students and teachers with technology. Talk to you all real soon!

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    1. Hi Kyle. Can't wait to see what you add to this.

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  82. My name is Ashley Roberts. I am an elementary STEM teacher for the Whitko Community Schools. I teach Project Lead the Way for kindergarten through 5th grade.

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  83. My name is Julie Klepinger and I teach K-5th grade moderate and severe special education at Pierceton Elementary in Whitko School Corporation.

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  84. My name is Jenn Bruce, and I teach kindergarten at Pierceton Elementary School in the Whitko school district.

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  85. Hello! My name is Kim Kelley. I teach kindergarten at Pierceton Elementary School in the Whitko school district. I'm looking forward to employing the practices in this book to move me into the big leagues of teaching and help me become a highly effective professional.

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  86. Hi my name is Laura Hinton. I teach first grade at Pierceton Elementary School in Whitko School district!

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  88. Hello,
    My name is Brianne Goe and I teach 8th grade Language Arts and Reading at Angola Middle School.

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    1. Hi, Brianne Goe! It will be nice to have other people from AMS reading the book!

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      AMS rocks!! Happy to be MSD!

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  89. Hello, my name is Angie Loschiavo. I teach 7th and 8th grade social studies at Southwood Jr./Sr. High School outside of Wabash.

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    1. Hi, Angie! Glad to know you're participating in the book club. I'm lucky to get to read comments and replies by colleagues and friends!

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  90. My name is Brant Moore from Angola Middle School, MSD of Steuben County. I currently teach 8th Grade American History.

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  91. Greetings! My name is Sanchara Ballog, and I teach English Language Arts for grades 9-12 at the School Age Mothers Program in South Bend, Indiana.

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  92. Good Evening! My name is Kathryn Evans and I teach in Northwest Indiana at Chesterton Middle School for Duneland School Corporation. I teach Family and Consumer Science (FACS) to both 7th and 8th graders.

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    1. Congratulations on being the $1000 winner in the summer book club!

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  93. My name is Gail Zmierski and I am the PE teacher for grades K thru 5th at Longfellow Elementary School in Gary.

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  94. My name is Joe Poteet I am the mass media teacher and US History teacher at North Montgomery high school.

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  95. My name is Jessica Nettrouer. I teach second grade at Pierceton Elementary in Whitko School Corporation.

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  96. My name is Johanna (Joey) Ritenour. I teach eighth grade Language Arts and Reading at Angola Middle School. (MSD of Steuben County) I'm happy that at least four members of my nine member team will be participating in this book study.

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  97. Hello everybody! My name is Deb Bishop and I am a counselor at Roosevelt Middle School , Twin Lakes School Corp, in Monticello, Indiana. This is my third book study and I can't wait to read this book that I have been hearing so much about! I also look forward to all the comments and discussion which provides me with so much quality information and ideas.

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    1. Hey Deb. Glad to see you are here. This is my first book study, and I am excited about this book!

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  98. Good evening, all! My name is Kristen Calvert and I teach German at Kouts High School, East Porter County School Corp, in Kouts, IN. I'm looking forward to sharing creative ideas and resources with everyone over the next few weeks.

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  99. Hello, I am Cindy Perkins, FACS Teacher at Kouts School in East Porter County and I teach 8th-12th graders. I'm excited to learn more about incorporating technology into lessons to engage learners.

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  101. Hello, everyone! I am looking forward to reading "Ditch That Textbook!" by Matt Miller. My name is Michelle Sparling, and I teach at Southwood Jr.-Sr. High School, a rural school near Wabash, Indiana. I teach English 9, English 9 Honors, and Current Events. This is my seventh or eighth eLearning Book Club; I always benefit from reading the books, but also from reading what other teachers have to say about the topics.

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  102. Hello, I teach 6-8th Science and Social Studies at Princeton Community Middle School in Princeton, IN. I also coach our FLL robotics teams - which we just started this year. I am looking forward to reading "Ditch That Textbook".

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  103. My name is Nancy Batliner and I am a Media Specialist in Hammond Indiana. I work with students in grades K-5. I am an eager learner and love to learn new things. I just wish I could remember it all. I look forward to collaborating with others

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  105. Hi! My name is Angie Speicher and I am the K-3 resource teacher at Pierceton Elementary School.

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  106. Good morning! My name is Chastity Apple, and I am a 5th grade teacher at Sand Creek Intermediate School in Fishers. I teach Language Arts and Social Studies. I look forward to reading this book, learning more and collaborating with you all!

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  107. Hola a todos. I'm Rhonda Pool-von Werder and I teach Spanish in Tippecanoe County at the high school level. I am looking forward to our conversations about this book, I had actually selected technology as one of my EDG's, using the DTT (Ditch That Textbook) as one step in my action plan. THis club will help be keep pace with my end of semester goal of finishing the book. Great speaker!

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  108. I am Randi Tolentino, and my official title is Professional Development Coordinator/Virtual Academy Coordinator, but I really do a little but of everything in our district.(MSD Decatur Township) I am based in the IT department, but work closely with curriculum and with the rollout of 1800 iPads, a new website, a new LMS, and several other side projects this year, we have been hopping! I read the book over the summer, before it was announced as the book club choice, so I am excited to see how the discussions go!

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  109. Hi everyone! I am Amy Weliever, Media Specialist at Greencastle Middle School in Greencastle, Indiana. Looking forward to connecting with everyone.

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  111. Hey everyone - my name is Brett Jennings @bjenningsedtech. I am a MS/HS ed tech teacher for the School City of Whiting up NWI. I am excited to participate in the book club and have actually read the book over the summer after connecting with Matt via Twitter. If anything, I am hoping to develop some connections and learn from the wonderful teachers in Indiana.

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  112. Hello! My name is Jeanette Carpinelli, Spanish teacher at Highland Middle School of the Anderson Community School Corporation. This is my first online book club. I'm excited to ditch my textbooks!

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  113. My name is Lori Janssen, English, Journalism and Newspaper teacher at Harrison HIgh School in West Lafayette, Ind. I am new to the Book Club program. Looking forward to it.

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  114. My name is Kathleen Gee from Madison Consolidated High School. I teach Algebra I and Algebra II. I haven't used a text book for Algebra I for three years. I still use one for Algebra II to outline what I cover along with the standards. This is my second time in the Book Club program.

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  115. Hi! I am Mickey Speicher. I am a 5th and 6th grade Social Studies teacher at Milford Middle School in Milford, IN. I also teach a Writing Lab block for 5th graders. This is my first online book club--very excited!!!

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  116. Hi! My name is Lindsay Berndt and I am an elementary (K-5) music teacher for Longfellow Elementary School in Gary, Indiana. This is my third online book club and I am looking forward to it!

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  117. I'm a library media specialist at Creston Middle School/Intermediate Academy in Warren Township on the east side of Indianapoils. I started to comment on each media specialist in the group and ran out of time! Glad to see that there are several of us here. I have seen Matt speak several times, and really appreciate his practical and honest presentations. He tells you what has worked for him and what doesn't. He's been very generous with his time, donating books for prizes for edcamps, and more. For once, I completely finished the book club this summer, and I look forward to keeping up with this one and learning with and from all of you.

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  118. Hello, I'm Lance Yoder and I'm the MSD of Steuben County technology coordinator. I haven't used a textbook in a really long time since I've been involved with technology training for the last five years (fourth grade teacher prior to that). I'm excited to be a part of this group so that I can glean ideas of how I can be a better resource for my staff. People's posts and comments are extremely helpful as it helps me see a variety of perspectives.

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  120. Hi, I am Hannah Pawlicki. I am an English/Language Arts Teacher at West Noble Middle School. I teach 7th grade! I am looking forward to exploring this text!

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  122. Hi! My name is Sandra Johnson and I am a Special Needs teacher at Twin Lakes High School. I teach direct service Algebra, direct service Math Lab, and then I teach for the first time this year,2 American SIgn Language classes. I am looking forward to this book.

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  123. Hi! My name is Rachel Noble. I teach math at East Noble High School. I am very excited for the online book club!

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  124. Hi! My name is Kyla Kensill. I teach 7th grade science and social studies at West Noble Middle School. :) Looking forward to reading this book!

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  125. Hello Everyone! My name is Janice Pattengale and I teach Geometry bs Algebra II at Riley High School in South Bend, IN. It can be challenging at times, but enjoyable. I am looking forward to learn new ways to keep students interested and technology is what they know most and enjoy. It is difficult to keep them engaged, so hope this will provide more engaging methods.

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  126. Hi all. My name is Angy Northern and I am the Media Specialist at Southwestern Middle and High School in Hanover, IN. We started the school year by deploying nearly 700 Chromebooks to our students grades 6-12 and am I'm learning new things everyday. While I am mostly on the device management side of the scenario, my teachers are trying to learn new ways to incorporate this new tool in the classroom. I think this book will help me share new, interesting ideas with my teachers and staff as they work to get away from the textbook and do more online curriculum.

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    1. In Michigan City, we too are going to chromebooks. I hope we can share some ideas.

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  127. Hello, my name is Barb Verley. I teach 5th grade at St. Joseph School in the Diocese of Evansville, Indiana. I taught 3rd grade for 16 years and this is my second year in 5th grade. I have taken an online blog class before and really enjoyed it. I am looking forward to reading this book and sharing comments with fellow Indiana teachers.

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  128. Hi, my name is Ann Skirvin and I teach first grade at Nativity Catholic School in Indianapolis. We have really had a technology push in my school and I'm looking forward to reading about and sharing ideas on how to incorporate it into my lessons with the little ones!

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  129. Hello, my name is Sandy Stabenfeldt. I am the SW PATINS Regional Site Coordinator. This is my third eLearning book club. I am looking forward to reading this book and joining in on the conversation.

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  130. Hello, my name is Nancy Denny. I am a third grade teacher for School City of Hammond. I teach at O'Bannon Elementary School. I learned so much participating in the Summer eLearning book club. I am looking for to reading Ditch That Textbook.

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  131. My name is Teri Oliver. I teach kindergarten at New Palestine Elementary in Hancock County.

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  132. Hello! I'm Danielle Long. I teach 8th grade ELA at West Noble Middle School.

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  133. Hello, my name is Mike Bottorff. I'm currently Technology Administrative Manager for Hamilton Southeastern Schools.

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  134. Hi, my name is Sue Siekman. I teach high school health and physical education at Southwestern High School in Hanover.

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  135. Hi, my name is Amber Franklin and I am a resource teacher at New Palestine High School.

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  136. Hello everyone! I am Marla Arnold and I teach first grade at Southwestern Elementary in Hanover, Indiana. I am always looking to find ways/a good reason to incorporate one-to-one technology in a first grade classroom when my kids need the basics in front of them. My search is still on!

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    1. Hi! I'm Katie Moderau, and I teach 8th grade social studies at Southwestern Middle School in Hanover. I am always trying to switch things up in my classroom, and I hope to get some new ideas from this book and discussion.

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  137. My name is Dixie Kreager, and I am the Literacy Coach at West Noble Middle School, near Ligonier.

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  138. Hello all. My name is Brad Smazenko. I am an Agricultural Educator and FFA Advisor at Bellmont Middle School / High School. Bellmont is a part of the North Adams Community School Corporation in Decatur, IN. I am excited to read and discuss Ditch that Textbook. I hope that by doing so, I will be better equipped to incorporate digital material and teaching methodology into my Agricultural classroom.

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  139. Hello! My name is Stephanie Smith. I am a first grade teacher at New Palestine Elementary. My school is one of three elementary schools in the Community School Corporation of Southern Hancock County. I am looking forward to participating in this book study. Our corporation went one-to-one last fall. My first graders love having their own iPads, and I am excited to learn how to best implement their use in the classroom.

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  140. ¡Hola! My name is Clara Boyles. I'm a Spanish teacher at Angola High School.

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  141. Hello, my name is Jennifer Baczynski. I am an art teacher at Bellmont HS & the Communication Coordinator at North Adams Community Schools in Decatur, IN.

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  142. Hello, my name is Travis Ponto, I am a School Counselor at Wes-Del Middle/High School. Along with being a counselor I handle a high volume of tech issues involving our apple products, our new Google suite of products (Gmail administration, Google classroom, drive, docs, slides, etc.)

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  143. Hello! My name is Michelle Armstrong and I teach 5th grade at New Palestine Elementary School. I'm looking forward to reading this book and participating in the book study.

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  144. Hi! I am Peggy Rivers and I teach 5th grade at Elwood Haynes Elementary School in Kokomo, Indiana. I have 23 students in my core class, and we are joined by 3 MiMH students for all subjects except reading and math. Some of my students have LD IEPs, and my classroom has a special ed co-teacher. In my room, we have a cart of laptops, one for each student, and generally can be counted on to work. I also have a Promethean whiteboard, slate, and clickers. I am comfortable using technology, and look forward to this book study.

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  145. Hello! My name is Melanie Tijerina, and I am the Principal at West Noble Middle School in Ligonier, IN.

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  146. Hello, Friends! My name is Megan Comparato and I am a 6th grade Math/Science/Social Studies teacher at South Grove Intermediate School in Beech Grove, Indiana. I am a huge fan of Matt's and have been following him for awhile now. I had the privilege of attending one of his workshops, which I've read many of you have done the same. He's a great tech leader and truly gets what it is like to be in the everyday classroom. I'm excited to learn from this experience as I'm sure many of you are experts in your own way! Looking forward to getting to know each of you!

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  147. My name is Laura Christie. I am a fifth grade language arts and social studies teacher at Sand Creek Intermediate in Fishers, In.

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  148. Hello all!! My name is Jake Everett and I am the Digital Learning Coach at Manchester Community Schools. I have read Ditch That Textbook this past summer, but would definitely read it again!

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  149. My name is Sue Gnagy and I'm the Curriculum Director for Manchester Community Schools in North Manchester, IN. It is great to see so many of my formers colleagues at Southwood participating in this book club!

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  150. Hi - My name is Heidi Slavkin and I am the 8th Grade Language Arts Teacher at Manchester Junior Senior High School in North Manchester, IN.

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  152. Hi, I'm Jessica Zepik, the media/eLearning Specialist at East Elementary in Pendleton, IN (South Madison Community Schools).

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  153. Hello! My name is Shawn Churchill and I'm the ecoach at Alexandria Community Schools. Excited to start reading!

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  154. Hello- My name is Christy Schuler and I am currently teaching K-3 Visual Arts at Manchester Elem., in North Manchester, IN. I am very excited to incorporate STEAM into my already Center based art studio! I am on the Tech/Curriculum committee as well! #thinkingoutsidethebox

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  155. Hello! My name is Cathy Huber and I teach K-3 Music at Manchester Elementary School in Manchester Community Schools.

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  156. Hi! My name is Dana Clutter and I teach 4th grade at Manchester Intermediate School in Manchester Community School Corp. I am excited to read this book! I've seen many references to it on Twitter.

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