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Study Groups

Teacher study groups are as diverse as the teachers who participate in them. They can be an informal, low-key coffee klatch designed to relieve the daily stress of teaching or a highly structured inquiry group with definite participant protocols. Most study groups are somewhere in-between, with colleagues getting together regularly to discuss books, view videos, and support each other as they test out new literacy instruction strategies in their classrooms. Here you’ll find inspiration and ideas from study group leaders who coordinate book groups, design workshops, and develop structures for helping colleagues transfer professional learning to the reality of the classroom and sustain it.

Using Norms in PLCs

Dana Murphy concludes her series on norms, explaining how to keep norms alive throughout the year so that you don't have to experience the awkwardness of reprimanding colleagues at meetings.

Setting Norms in PLCs

There are always norms in groups. Shouldn't you be the leader in making sure they are positive ones? Dana Murphy shares the process she uses and gives an example.

Not All Superheroes Wear Capes

Stephanie Affinito shares a professional development activity to celebrate teaching strengths and help teachers through the doldrums of this time of year.

A Book Tasting for Teachers

Stephanie Affinito shares the steps for hosting a book tasting for teachers, with everything from creating a splashy invitation to fostering a fun atmosphere included.

Being Selfish About Meeting Norms

Jennifer Allen questions the purpose of meeting norms, and begins from a new place in establishing them for a study group.

Better Team Meetings

Are your team meetings welcoming? Jennifer Schwanke describes how one team leader created a happy, thriving, and safe space for team gatherings.

Making Meetings Purposeful

From identifying intent to setting personal norms, Jen Schwanke shares her key principles for leading meetings that participants won't hate.

Planning Next Year's Professional Development Offerings

Jennifer Allen shares her topics, schedules, and plans for study groups in 2017-2018.

The Other Agenda

Dana Murphy shares a simple technique to ensure there is more transfer of new learning strategies from meetings and professional development workshops to classrooms.

Motivating Reluctant Writers in Third Grade (VIDEO)

Kathy Provost and a third-grade teaching team discuss how to motivate reluctant writers.

Third-Grade Team Discussion: Rate Your Post-It Tool (VIDEO)

Literacy coach Kathy Provost leads a team of third-grade teachers as they discuss using a "Rate Your Post-It" visual tool in their classrooms.

Team Meeting: Next Steps (VIDEO)

Kathy Provost closes a third-grade team meeting with a discussion of next steps, ensuring everyone is on the same page with plans before the next month's meeting.

Planning Family Literacy Night (VIDEO)

Heather Fisher and Kathy Provost work with a group of reading specialists to plan a family literacy night.

Case Studies All Year Long (VIDEO)

Kathy Provost and Heather Fisher talk with reading specialists about the value of following a case study over an entire year.

First-Grade Team: Next Steps (VIDEO)

Heather Fisher leads a first-grade teaching team as they plan action steps to take before their next monthly meeting.

First-Grade Team: Exploring Student Engagement (VIDEO)

Heather Fisher leads a first-grade team monthly meeting where everyone shares strategies they are trying for fostering more student engagement.

Common Planning Meeting: Third-Grade Notebooks (VIDEO)

In this excerpt from a common planning meeting, Kathy Provost works with third-grade teachers who are focused on improving their use of student notebooks across the curriculum.

Coaching Minute: Selecting Books for Teachers (VIDEO)

In this brief video, Kathy Provost and Heather Fisher share some criteria for selecting books for teachers to open doors and conversations.

Coaching Minute: Case Study Observation Form (VIDEO)

Literacy coaches Heather Fisher and Kathy Provost talk about how their work with reading specialists has evolved by having the specialists focus on case studies of individual students, rather than spending much of their time focused solely on big data. They share a form they use to help reading specialists hone their observation skills.

Coaching Minute: Student Observation Form (VIDEO)

In this brief video, Kathy Provost and Heather Fisher talk about the value of trying out a student observation form first within the coaching team before using it in classroom observations with teachers.

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