First of all, the book study was optional (maybe required for the first year teachers -- not sure about that). Any teacher could choose to be part of the study. We are required to write a Professional Development Plan every year and the book study is what some of us have chosen to use for our plan. I guess you are right about being thankful my principal is open to heading up such a study. I have to be careful how I say this because I really like him very much, but I don't always agree with his opinions on literacy. He said he thought ability grouping in reading was the best way to go for students,
and I just can't go along with that philosophy. Sometimes it scares me because it feels like we are going backwards in our thinking about what's best for students in terms of instruction. Did you happen to read that post on either on the Bluebonnet Room about the "Reading Walk?" If not, go check it out. So far, I'm the only one who's responded. You may have something to say about the topic!
I am sorry to hear about your book study dying out. It's a shame. Our district administrators seem to want us to develop professionally, but then we are kept so "busy" that we don't actually have time or opportunity to collaborate with other teachers.
I don't have answers to all these problems.
I guess it's just my job to bring them up, complain about them, and then go on about my business!!!!