Study Groups

  • Grand Island Faculty Study Groups

    • Need a chance to discuss an educational issue or idea with a couple of colleagues?
    • Need time to develop a new teaching strategy with teachers in your grade level or subject?
    • Interested in improving a teaching technique with someone who is an expert?

    Then a study group is for you!


    Study groups can be a unique way to pursue ongoing, comprehensive professional development. If approved, single payment is available for study group participants. 

    Ideas for Groups:

    • Teaching Reading Strategies
    • Assessment
    • Writing in the Content Area
    • Improving Questioning Techniques
    • Effective Lesson Design
    • Developing parallel assessments/rubrics
    • Cooperative Learning
    • Ideas for Active Participation
    • Handling Difficult Students
    • Science labs in Elementary Schools
    • Ideas for Implementing the Early Literacy Profile
    • Technology Integration Techniques & Lesson Development
    • Other

    Interested in forming/participating in a Study Group?

    • Study Group Proposals are submitted via My Learning Plan by the group's facilitator. 
    • Once approved the activity appears on the calendar and participants can request approval.  
    • Any questions or concerns contact the office of Curriculum & Instruction.

    GICSD Guidelines for Study Groups:

    • Decide if you want to join a study group at your school or if you want to organize a group that is district wide. There is more interaction between sessions when participants are from one school but the topics may be limited.

    • Make the group time and place convenient. Schedule the study group time as if it’s a class time. Write the dates and times in your planner.

    • Select a place to meet that’s conducive to studying rather than to socializing. The library and empty classrooms are natural places for study groups.

    • Decide on some ground rules for the group. Ground rules should include attendance, outside work, participation in discussion, etc.

    • Choose a facilitator and a method of communicating that everyone will use (e-mail, interoffice mail, phone, etc.).

    • Decide if you need to consult an expert for some part of your topic. See your Faculty Representative for help in locating one.

    • Keep track of questions and side topics that come up during your group study. They may be the kernels of a future study group.
    • Take advantage of your learning style. If you are a visual learner, ask for explanations to be written down. If you are an auditory learner, ask for a clear verbal description. Know how you learn best, and make sure that you use this mode of learning.