Calling for More Brief Instructional Guides!

By: Danielle Coty-Fattal | Date: September 8, 2023 | Tags: Brief Instructional Guides, Series, call for proposals
Calling for More Brief Instructional Guides!

As a teacher herself, Katie LaPlant, Acquiring Editor for English Language Teaching and Applied Linguistics, Asian Studies, and German Studies, is very familiar with the challenges that teachers face. With time at a premium, teachers need concise books that offer research-based overviews of the skills that they need to know and how to implement them in the classroom. In her role as Acquiring Editor, Katie is working to address this need by issuing a call for proposals for Brief Instructional Guides.

“Teachers can quickly read these books and familiarize themselves with new theory and practical teaching tips. I also love that most provide samples that can be taken right into the classroom as ready lessons for busy days." 

—Katie LaPlant

These Brief Instructional Guides (BIGs) are written by practicing teachers and scholars to provide affordable resources for professional development. The BIGs that the University of Michigan Press has published so far cover a range of topics, such as what teachers need to know about Refugee Students, Conflict Resolution Training for the Classroom, how to incorporate Service-Learning, and more. Most of these books were originally published as ebooks and have only recently been released in affordable paperback editions. We are excited that the next addition to the series, Theory and Practice: Bite-Sized Activities for Teaching Reading Skills by Aviva Katzenell, will provide theory-grounded activities for teachers as well as advice for adapting the activities to different reading levels. More information about all of these books can be found on our website at

If you are interested in writing a Brief Instructional Guide, please visit our Call for Proposals page to learn more about what we are looking for and how to submit the interest form!