2023 Balanced Calendar Book Study series: Summer Versus School

2023 Balanced Calendar Book Study series: Summer Versus School

Exploring the Possibilities of the Year-Round School

Tue, January 24 4:00 PM - Tue, March 14 2023 5:00 PM


  • David Hornak
  • James Pedersen


Join facilitators Dr. James Pedersen, author of the book Summer Versus School; and David Hornak, president of the National Association for Year-Round Education to dig into learning more about what it takes to implement a modified, or balanced school year calendar. The book study will consist of live and on-demand learning. Participants will have opportunities to engage directly with the facilitators and with other participants navigating the exploration process. It is recommended that all participants have access to their own copy of the book, School Versus Summer (https://www.amazon.com/Summer-versus-School-Possibilities-Year-Round/dp/1475812558). 

This book study is open to any school district leadership team interested in exploring a modified school year calendar. 

Event Notes

Hello, and welcome to the 2023 Balanced Calendar Book Study Series!

You have registered to participate in the upcoming book study on the book, Summer Versus School: Exploring the Possibilities of the Year-Round School. The book study starts Tuesday, January 24, 2023 at 4pm. The book series will consist of five “live” zoom sessions and additional asynchronous work through the online course platform (Canvas). 

One week before the first session of the book study, you will receive a separate course invitation email from Instructure that will prompt you to log-in (or create an account) to access the Balanced Calendar Book Study Canvas Course. The invitation for the course will come to the email that you have listed in your PDEnroller account. 

  •  If you do not have a WAESD Canvas account already, please follow the “Get Started” prompts to get into the system and access course materials and messages from the facilitators. 

  •  If you are new to using Canvas, this video will be helpful as you prepare to engage fully in the book study.

To prepare for the first session on Jan 24, please read chapters 1-3 in Summer Versus School: The possibilities of the year-round school by James Pedersen and the Q&A section at the back of the book. Be ready to share your golden line, a line of text that is especially meaningful, surprising, helpful, or thought-provoking. You may purchase the book here https://www.amazon.com/Summer-versus-School-Possibilities-Year-Round/dp/1475812558

The zoom link for this course is: https://esd113.zoom.us/j/85924977333

 The link is the same for every session:

  • Tue Jan 24, 2023 4pm-5pm 

  • Tue Jan 31, 2023 4pm-5pm 

  • Tue Feb 14, 2023 4pm-5pm 

  • Tue Feb 28, 2023 4pm-5pm 

  • Tue Mar 14, 2023 4pm-5pm

If you have any issues with the links, please contact Sare Webster at swebster@esd113.org.

Finally, this book study is open to any school/district personnel across the state. If you have colleagues from your district who are also interested in participating in the book study, there is still time to register through next week. Please feel free to share THIS REGISTRATION LINK with them so we can get them on the roster! 

 Please do not hesitate to reach out with any questions you have!


  • Tue, January 24 2023
    4:00 PM - 5:00 PM
  • Tue, January 31 2023
    4:00 PM - 5:00 PM
  • Tue, February 14 2023
    4:00 PM - 5:00 PM
  • Tue, February 28 2023
    4:00 PM - 5:00 PM
  • Tue, March 14 2023
    4:00 PM - 5:00 PM


Event # 151602

Registration Ends
Tuesday Jan 24, 2023 4:00 PM
Registration is now closed.

Professional Hours

Clock Hour Number: OLAG0314
10.00 Clock Hours $35.00
10.00 Equity
10.00 Educational Leadership