TAR Book Groups are perfect for teachers who want to meet regularly to discuss professional books.
Note: One member of your TAR Book Group must be a current member of the Portland Reading Council.
Madison HS TAR Book Group read: The Terrorist’s Son by Zak Ebrahim
Glencoe Elementary TAR Book Group read: Seven Strategies of Assessment for Learning by Jan Chappuis
Durham Elementary TAR Book Group read: Culturally and Linguistically Diverse Teaching and Learning by Sharroky Hollie
Willamette Primary School: Notice and Note ~ Strategies for Close Reading by Kylene Beers and Robert Probst
“Thank you to the PCIRA for sponsoring our Teacher as Readers Group. We had a lively group of 12 teachers ranging from grades 3-5 and included Special Ed. teachers. The group met regularly to break bread, discuss chapters, and create and share resources. Many in the group said the meetings were the highlight of their day as we were able to discuss how we can use the ideas of Notice and Note to encourage close reading in our classrooms. It also led to teachers observing one another and collaborating to create posters, bookmarks and lessons to use in their classrooms. We also spent time creating a bibliography for picture books that we used for specific lessons. This type of professional development is exactly what we need. It came directly from the needs and interests of teachers. Thank you, PCIRA, for recognizing and supporting the potential within teachers to be our own greatest resources! ” From Amy Thibault, Grade 3 Teacher