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Professional Book Study

One type of professional learning is a professional book study or book talk. A book study can be a powerful way for educators to drive their own learning. A book study is an effective form of professional learning because new learning can be immediately applied in the classroom. Teachers are involved in multiple sessions over time where there is continuous discussion around a relevant topic that has arisen from school data.


The group may choose one of several protocols to guide their discussion. The use of protocols ensures that all voices are heard. There is opportunity for open conversation, dialogue and reflection. Consider using one of the following protocols from the School Reform Initiative to guide your discussion.

  • Text Rendering Experience
    In this activity, each participant shares a sentence, phrase and word from the text that she feels is paticularly significant.
  • The Final Word
    In this activity, each participant highlights one significant idea from the text. Then, other participants respond to the first participant's understanding, giving everyone an opportunity to have their ideas, understandings, and perspective enhanced by hearing from others.
  • Wagon Wheels
    In this activity, participants work "knee to knee" in pairs to brainstorm or answer guiding questions, jotting their reflections as they work.
  • Three Levels of Text
    In this activity, participants respond to three levels of text: literal (Level 1), interpretations (Level 2) and implications (Level 3).