Six Ways to Bring Reading Science Alive for Beginning or Struggling Readers, K-2

  • If you are a teacher, coach, or school leader who wants to make sure daily practices are actually making it easier, not harder for children to learn, this day of learning is for you. In this workshop led by Jan Burkins & Kari Yates, based on the groundbreaking book Shifting the Balance, you’ll be invited to take an honest second look at current literacy practices, bravely considering the question, “What needs to shift?” Jane and Kari will unpack the why and the how behind six critical shifts, aligning current practices with the brain science. You will leave with practical and powerful instructional moves you can make starting tomorrow! Ready to learn, reflect, and have some fun along the way? We hope you’ll join us. 

Workshop Information


Tuesday, February 1st, 2022 9:00am through 3:30pm CST




Early Bird Pricing (Now through Jan. 17): $189 

Jan.18 - Jan. 31: Regular Pricing $209

Kari Yates

Kari Yates is an author, speaker, consultant and staff developer with a passion for helping busy literacy educators thrive. Her experiences include classroom teacher, special education, Reading Recovery teacher, elementary principal and district literacy coordinator. Kari is also the author of Simple Starts: Making the Move to a Reader-Centered Classroom (Heinemann, 2015) and Eat Your Broccoli (Richard C. Owens Publishing, 2005).

Jan Burkins

Dr. Jan Burkins was an elementary classroom teacher for seven years and a literacy coach for seven years. She has worked as a part-time assistant professor, a district literacy leader, and is currently a fulltime writer and consultant. She has written six books about literacy and literacy coaching, with her sixth coming out from Stenhouse in spring 2021. Her groundbreaking books, Preventing Misguided Reading (co-author Melody Croft) and Who’s Doing the Work? How to Say Less So Readers Can Do More (co-author Kim Yaris), reframe the role of teachers as they scaffold readers. Her latest book, which offers guidance on implementing the “wordwork” aspects of balanced literacy instruction, is co-authored with Kari Yates and due out in Spring 2021.

Shifting The Balance

These days, it seems that everyone has a strong opinion about how to teach young children to read. Some may brush off the current tension as nothing more than one more round of “the reading wars.” Others may avoid the clash altogether due to the uncivilized discourse that sometimes results. Certainly, sorting the signal from the noise is no easy task. In this leading-edge book, authors Jan Burkins and Kari Yates address this tension as a critical opportunity to look closely at the research, reevaluate current practices, and embrace new possibilities for an even stronger enactment of balanced literacy.