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Create a learning team to study the book Strategic Reading in the Content Areas: Practical Applications for Creating a Thinking Environment (2nd ed.). Learning teams—also known as study teams, PLCs, book study groups, or learning communities—select a topic of interest to study. Group members meet for 45 minutes to one hour to read and discuss the selected topic. The learning team process is an effective form of staff development, and members frequently receive staff development or college credit.

Strategic Reading in the Content Areas is written in a learning team format. Each chapter or section outlines process questions and strategies to focus team members’ reading and discussion. All strategies are explained in detail with examples in the book Strategies to Engage the Mind of the Learner: Building Strategic Learners (2nd ed.)

Facilitator Handbook: Learning Team Guide for Strategic Reading in the Content Areas (2nd ed.), consisting of 14 sessions, has been developed to assist the successful implementation of learning teams. Research-based outcomes for the learning team process are:

  • Develop strategic readers in all content areas
  • Engage in practices that shift the learning process from teacher-directed to student-directed
  • Examine information and practice strategies for teaching reading in your content area
  • Engage in reflective practice and participate as a member of a learning team

The Facilitator Handbook (selling for $12) is available for half price with the purchase of both books Strategic Reading in the Content Areas: Practical Applications for Creating a Thinking Environment (2nd ed.) and Strategies to Engage the Mind of the Learner: Building Strategic Learners (2nd ed.) for each team member. If you are interested in the offer, please fill out and submit the request form below or contact Rachel Billmeyer at rachelb2@cox.net.

Preview information from Session 1 in Facilitator Handbook: Learning Team Guide for Strategic Reading in the Content Areas (2nd ed.) (PDF file).

To receive a discounted copy of the facilitator handbook you must include the number of participants in your Learning Team. Each of the participants of the group needs to have a copy of Strategic Reading in the Content Areas and Strategies to Engage the Mind of the Learner.