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

     As a teacher, coach, or school leader, you’ve probably noticed the rising tension around literacy instruction. We know you are a person who wants to make sure daily practices are actually making it easier, not harder, for children to learn to read. But with all the conversations, it can be hard to hear the signal through the noise. And so, this day of professional development is for you. In this workshop, based on the groundbreaking book Shifting the Balance: 6 Ways to Bring the Science of Reading into the Balanced Literacy Classroom, you’ll be invited to take an honest second look at current literacy practices, bravely considering the question, “What needs to shift?”

     Jan and Kari will unpack the why and the how behind six critical shifts, aligning current practices with brain science, without throwing the baby out with the bathwater. You will leave with practical and powerful instructional moves you can make starting the very next day! Ready to get some clarity as you learn, reflect, and have some fun along the way?

     We hope you’ll join us.

Session Information


Wednesday, February 15th, 2023

9:00AM CST- 3:30PM CST



*Can't attend the virtual live session- Recording will be sent to all who register, and will be available for ONE week, post workshop. *



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.

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.