Book Study: Closing the Loop


Discounts are available for NwOESC member districts. See “Paying for the Study” below for details.

Welcome to the Northwest Ohio ESC's Online Book Study: Closing the Loop: A Powerful and Practical Guide to School-Home Communication!

About the Study:

This is a self-paced book study that affords you the comfort of your own space, in your own time, with no substitute plans to prepare. Receive periodic feedback from the course facilitator and interact with other members of the study via message boards and chat features. Invite a colleague to read and complete the study together! Participants must complete all assignments to receive a Certificate of Completion.

Those taking the course for college credit must complete all content by July 31st of each school-year.

Obtaining the Book:

The book for this study is entitled Closing the Loop: A Powerful and Practical Guide to School-Home Communication by Patricia Weinzapfel. Registering for this study grants a user access to the course content only. It is the responsibility of the book study participant to obtain a copy of the book. The book can be purchased anywhere books are sold with ISBN-13: 978-1737843108 or ISBN-10:1737843102. The NWOESC does not recommend specific sellers nor vet possible free or abridged versions of the book. Consider sharing a book with a colleague taking the same study, or reach out to your district administration to inquire if cost of the book may be covered as part of district professional development expenses.

Contact Hours and College Credit:

15 Contact Hours are available through this book study. One hour of college credit is available through Ashland University; a one to two-page reflection on the book is required to receive credit. Contact Andy Hunter
( for details.To receive college credit, participants must complete all course content by July 31st of each school-year. 

Paying for the Study: 

Districts who accept Gifted Services from the NwOESC:

Districts who accept Gifted Services from the NwOESC are eligible for a full-price discount. The following districts accept Gifted Services from the NwOESC and are invited to REGISTER USING THIS LINK to receive their full-price discount. Eligible Districts: Ayersville, Fairview, Hicksville, Holgate, Napoleon, North Central, Patrick Henry, Pettisville, Stryker, and Tinora. Registrations will be monitored. (Please note: discount covers cost of the course content only; it does not cover cost of the book. See "Obtaining the Book" for more information).

Member Districts of NwOESC:

Districts who do not accept Gifted Services from the NwOESC, but remain members of the NwOESC are still eligible for $25 OFF the list price. To obtain a coupon code, send an email request to Upon receipt of the coupon code, return to this page to register for the study.

PLEASE NOTE: Registration fees are dependent on your district's service level with the NWOESC and do not include the cost of the book. It is the responsibility of the book study participant to obtain a copy of the book(s). See “Obtaining the Book” for more information. Some districts may cover the cost of registration fee and/or book as part of professional development expenses. Contact your district administrator if out-of-pocket cost is a factor.

Lastly, remember that registration will gain you access to content starting October 4, 2022. No refunds will be given to participants who drop the course or do not complete the study by the listed end date of April 28, 2023. Course participants will maintain One Year of Unlimited Access to the course content.

*This study meets core competencies outlined in Ohio’s Operating Standards for Gifted Education.


Additional information


Administrators, Educational Specialists, Gifted Intervention Specialists, Instructional Coaches, K-12 Educators, Paraprofessionals, Teacher Leaders


15 hrs