Book Groups

The Center for Teaching and Learning is sponsoring five book groups in the Spring '22 semester.

A group reading “So You Want to Talk about Race” by Ijeoma Oluo. Protests against racial injustice and white supremacy have galvanized millions around the world. The stakes for transformative conversations about race could not be higher. Still, the task ahead seems daunting, and it’s hard to know where to start. The author attempts to make the seemingly impossible possible: honest conversations about race, and about how racism infects every aspect of American life

A group reading “Distracted: Why Students Can’t Focus and What you Can Do About It” by James M. Lang. The author rethinks the practice of teaching, revealing how educators can structure their classrooms less as distraction-free zones and more as environments where they can actively cultivate their students' attention.

A group reading “Super Courses. The Future of Teaching and Learning” by Ken Bain. In this book, education expert and bestselling author, Ken Bain tells the fascinating story of enterprising college, graduate school, and high school teachers who are using evidence-based approaches to spark deeper levels of learning, critical thinking, and creativity―whether teaching online, in class, or in the field.

A group reading this year’s Peoria Reads selection, “This is where you belong: Finding home wherever you are.” by Melody Warmack. The author dives into the research around our attachments to place and travels across the country to find out what draws Americans to where they live, and what makes them want to stay. What she learns will inspire you to embrace your own community - and perhaps discover that where you live now....is home.

A special book club group will begin in mid-February and be led by Nathan Thomas, Vice President for Student Affairs. The group is a collaboration between Student Affairs and CTEL and supported by a generous gift from the Bielfeldt Foundation. The book is titled “Becoming a Student-Ready College: A New culture of Leadership for Student Success” by T.B. McNair, S. Albertine, M.A. Cooper, N. McDonald, and T. Major Jr. The book focused on leadership, organizational culture, inclusivity, and effective partnerships to help answer – what are universities doing to prepare for the students entering their institution. This lens changes the age-old process of thinking students must adapt to the institution. A deeper study will allow Bradley to strengthen and be clearer in answering our own question of how do we/Bradley prepare for our future student's success.