Curriculum and Education Committee to Host “Article Club” Sessions

The Curriculum and Education Committee will host two “book club” style telephone conferences this year in an effort to bring NASJE members together in conversations about topics of interest. The first session is scheduled for Thursday, April 28, 2016, from 1:00pm to 2:30pm CDT.

What’s an “Article Club,” you ask? Think book club, but the selection is an article, requiring less time to read and discuss. Committee member Stephanie Hemmert shared that the inspiration for these sessions came from a desire to provide “a convenient and fun way for members to dialogue over ideas, new and classic; connect with one another; and inspire learning.”

The first article chosen by the committee is “Do You Suffer from Decision Fatigue?” by John Tierney. This 2011 New York Times article provides a review of the research included in an excellent book, Willpower: Rediscovering the Greatest Human Strength, by John Tierney and Roy F. Baumeister.

As Judith Anderson, co-chair of the committee, observes, the session “will be like your regular book club, but without the chairs, couches, or good food.”

These sessions will be held in a conference call format, and the focus will be on discussion. The discussion will be moderated by members of the committee.

“While we come together for committee meetings and see each other at conferences, we don’t have many opportunities to talk with, and learn from, each other,” says committee co-chair, Dr. Anthony Simones of Missouri. “The sessions we are proposing are designed to address this.”

To register and receive the conference call access code information, please contact Anthony.Simones@courts.mo.gov.

Also, save the date! The second “Article Club” will be on Thursday, July 14, 2016.