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Blog 218

Blog 218

Take-aways from the Reading for Teaching Program

By Lisa Endersby and Scott McLaren

In this week's post, Lisa Endersby and Scott McLaren reflect on the main take-aways from this semester's Reading for Teaching Program. A collaborative program co-facilitated by the Teaching Commons and York University Libraries, Reading for Teaching is an informal, collegial opportunity to engage with colleagues from across campus interested in reading and talking about teaching. Participants will meet between 2-4 times over the term to discuss a common reading related to current challenges, opportunities, and conversations in teaching and learning. Interested in joining us or learning more? Register here: or contact Lisa Endersby, Educational Developer, at

About the Facilitators of the Reading for Teaching Program

Lisa Endersby serves as an Educational Developer in the Teaching Commons as the liaison developer for the Faculty of Health, the Schulich School of Business, and the Libraries. Her portfolio includes supporting all facets of experiential education pedagogy alongside facilitating opportunities for reflective professional development through observation, reading, and peer mentorship. Her PhD in Educational Studies explored professional development within communities of practice, examining the impact of social learning on the negotiation of a professional identity for student affairs and higher educational professionals. Her professional and academic background also includes experience in career services, student leadership development, and supporting the first year student transition.

Scott McLaren is a Teaching and Learning Librarian and also teaches in the Humanities Department. He holds a PhD in the history of the book and is the author of Pulpit, Press, and Politics: Methodists and the Market for Books in Upper Canada (2019). He is currently teaching a course that meets weekly in the Clara Thomas Archives and Special Collections where students enjoy the rare opportunity to see, handle, and interact with antiquarian books as material objects and historical artefacts.