Teachers as Readers Book Groups

Michele and friend smallerBridger Book GRoup Photo 2

Book Groups are perfect for teachers who want to meet regularly to discuss good books.

Funding has closed for the 2015-16 school year.

Note: One member of your TAR Book Group must be a current member of the Portland Reading Council.

Frequently Asked QuestionsRock Creek TAR Group

What do we read?                               Your choice!  Ideas: professional books, children’s books, YA titles, etc. Learn what former groups have read:  TAR Titles   

Where and when do we meet?       Your choice! Some groups meet before or after school at their building or at a local coffee shop.

What college credit is offered?                                                                                      TAR Book Groups are eligible for one credit per 10 hours of meeting time from Portland State University for a $60 fee. Download more information: PSU Teachers as Readers Instructions 2015-16

If our group receives financial support from the Portland Reading Council, how can we use the funds?                                                                                               Your choice! Purchase refreshments for your meetings, help offset the cost of books, give gift cards to all participants, etc.

Questions? pciraliteracy@gmail.com or call 503-257-1777 (Penny)

Madison HS TAR Book Group is reading: The Terrorist’s Son by Zak Ebrahim

TAR Madison HS 2



Glencoe Elementary TAR Book Group is reading: Seven Strategies of Assessment for Learning by Jan Chappuis

Glencoe TAR Group

Durham Elementary TAR Book Group is reading: Culturally and Linguistically Diverse Teaching and Learning by Sharroky Hollie

Durham Elem TAR Group


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,   Amy's group(in photo at far right)


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