Study Groups Frequently Asked Questions
Study Group Guidelines
Q. What is a study group?
A study group is an opportunity for KUSD educators to come together to examine, research, and discuss a topic of shared interest in order to improve their practice and the learning of their students.
Study group topics must:
Be based on data that suggests a need for professional growth in order to help increase student achievement
Include resources based on research and professional best-practices
Truly be focused on new learning
Be in alignment with district and school goals and initiatives.
Study groups are not an extension of staff meetings or a time to get together to create manipulatives or other classroom resources. In addition, study groups may not center on a topic that is already offered by a KUSD professional learning course. For example, a study group to explore using Google would not be approved since the district offers Going Google courses each semester.
Q. Who can participate in a study group?
Any teacher, staff member, and administrator from Kenosha Unified School District may participate in a study group. The group may include colleagues from a single school or across the district.
Q. What are the expectations for study group participants?
Study group members are expected to attend all study group sessions and complete a short written reflection after each group meeting. Meeting these expectations will allow a participant to include the study group in their MyLearningPlan portfolio. If a participant is taking the study group for continuing education credit through Carthage College, he or she must also complete a final reflection paper.
Q. How many study groups can I participate in?
Individuals may participate in one study group per term during the academic year and up to two study groups during the summer term with a maximum of three study groups per year.
Q. How many people are in a study group?
In order to foster robust conversations, face-to-face study groups must consist of 4-10 participants. Online or blended study groups must have 8-14 participants. Each group must have a facilitator.
Q. What is the application process?
Once the application is reviewed and approved by the Office of Professional Learning, it will be submitted to Carthage College for college credit approval. Upon approval, the Office of Organizational Training and Development will provide the group’s facilitator instructions and materials about the management of the study group.
Q. When and where does a study group meet?
The study group may choose a time and location that enables the group to accomplish their tasks for each session. Study groups must meet for a minimum of 12 hours outside of the normal work day and complete necessary assignments in order to qualify for college credit.
Q. What will the facilitator do?
The facilitator of the study group will organize the study group, ensuring that all proper paperwork is submitted on time to the Office of Organizational Training and Development. During the study group sessions, the facilitator will ensure an agenda is created based on the previous meeting’s discussion, provide a short reflective discussion at the end of each session summarizing accomplishments, concerns, questions, and next steps. Additionally they will maintain accurate attendance records and study group logs. After each study group session, a study group log should be submitted to the Office of Organizational Training and Development by the facilitator.