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Credit: The Startup Teacher Playbook

Are you already thinking about your goals for the next school year? Do you have new ideas lingering in the back of your mind that you’d like to try out with your students? Would you like to receive PD credit for working on those ideas.

Join MontanaPBS for a virtual summer book study of The Startup Teacher Playbook! This interactive and hands-on learning experience will provide teachers with the opportunity to work with their peers as they  brainstorm and plan for the new school year using The Startup Teacher model for innovating in education. From this book study expect to gain the following:

  • A plan of action + coaching to help you implement your idea
  • Strategies to nurture relationships and engage others in your work
  • Tips to stay fresh and energized so you don’t burn out


The Startup Teacher Playbook  will enable you to personalize any future PD by offering a simple step-by-step idea implementation guide (that you can use time again).   Take inspiration from any source - colleagues, twitter chats, blogs, Clubhouse, webinars, etc. - or focus on your own idea  and use the tools in this book to make those ideas come to life in your classroom.   We invite you to a book study of personalized learning and application. Collaborate with your peers and build your PLN, as you get the time to  implement your great ideas for your students. It’s PD that’s all about YOU!

This book study will meet once a week for 5 weeks for 2 hours each time using Zoom. Earn 10 OPI recertification credits for participating and a FREE copy of the book! Spaces are limited so register now to hold your place. You must attend all 5 sessions, in person and participate fully, to earn credit and the book. Sessions will not be recorded for this series. 

*NOTE Teachers outside of Montana are more than welcome to join this book study. A certificate of completion for 10 hours will be awarded at the end of the study to use for professional development credit in another state, however, only Montana teachers will be eligible for a free copy of the book. 

More About The Startup Teacher Playbook

Using a visual, interactive format, The Startup Teacher Playbook helps teachers tackle challenges, turn their ideas into action, and tap into their potential to lead change in the classroom, school, and community. This book reveals how to evolve your teaching and learning to serve the changing needs of students, use professional learning and meeting time to break down challenges and create solutions, and cultivate your leadership capacity to take your ideas further than you ever imagined.

Discussion Group Sequence

  • June 15|Module 1 | Introduction to The Startup Teacher Playbook and an Invitation to Overhaul the System
  • June 22 |Module 2 | Using the Educators Canvas
  • June 29 |Module 3 | Strategies to Build Relationships and Engage Others in Your Work
  • July 6 |Module 4 | Startup Your Mental State to Prevent Burnout
  • July 13 | Module 5 | Final Meeting Project Showcase and Reflections


Individual Session Outline

  • Welcome/Intros/Announcements
  • Warm up exercise to boost creativity and collaboration
  • Summary of the reading
  • Discussion about the reading
  • Break
  • Activities based on the reading
  • Worktime
  • Wrap up reflections and plans for next session