Professional Book Groups

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Spring 2017 Professional Book Group Grant is now OPEN

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Professional Book Groups for LAPS teachers and instructional assistants are a rewarding and low-cost way for the LAPS Foundation to provide professional development.

Educators will examine instructional techniques with the goal of implementing new or refined practices in the classroom or broadening their pedagogical knowledge.

  • Educators will select and discuss books of interest to their students or themselves for future use in the classroom setting.


2014 Professional Book Groups Recipients

Michelle Carrara, at Aspen Elementary, was awarded 15 books and 1 audio book of Daring Greatly by Brene Brown. Feeling students need more than academics in life, the teachers in this book group will be exploring ways to develop other life skills in their students. The group will meet to discuss strategies from the book that not only engage their students more, but also equip them with life skills such as resiliency and grit.


Aspen Elementary Librarian, Jeff Lloyd, received a grant for teachers to review a variety of young adult fiction and non-fiction literature. This grant was awarded in 2013 and was extremely successful with the participants from 5th and 6th grade teachers, middle and high school ELA teachers, and district librarians. The group will select contemporary young adult novels across a number of genres that would be appealing to 10 to 15 year old students. They will divide the titles among the participants and will read the selected titles and provide a “book talk” about the novel at the next meeting by telling about its appeal or lack of appeal and applications within the classroom curriculum.


Mountain Elementary was awarded 41 books and a Smith’s gift card for refreshments for their newly formed group for all licensed teachers and reading instructional assistants. Jennifer Guy, principal of Mountain Elementary, was awarded the Professional Book Group grant for the title selection: How Teachers can turn Data into Action by Daniel Venebles.  This book will help teachers understand ways to effectively use the data they have available. Teachers will meet in small groups and report back to the staff at large at monthly meetings.


Los Alamos High School science teacher, Stephanie Mitchell, and up to 10 teachers, will study Learning to Question to Wonder to Learn by Jamie McKenzie. This book will provide tolls and models needed to strengthen student questioning and thinking. The group hopes to learn strategies to help the teachers ask more rigorous questions and students to benefit by asking more challenging questions. These questioning techniques will help students be more engaging and offer a higher level of thinking.


Professional Book Groups 2013

    Laura Loy
    Executive Director
    1900 Diamond Drive, Suite 1
    Los Alamos, NM 87544
    Phone: (505) 500-6501

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