Jan Burkins Webinar: Shifting the Balance - Aligning Balanced Literacy with What We Know About How the Brain Reads

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Last Date to Register: 8/9/2022 12:01 AM
Last Date to Cancel: 8/3/2022 12:01 AM
Agency: CESA 6
Agency Contact: Dianna Kresovic
Agency Assistant: Amy Ruppert 920-236-0562
Location: Virtual
Facility: Zoom
8/10/2022 08:30 AM - 11:30 AM


Dr. Jan Burkins


Webinar - Shifting the Balance:
Aligning Balanced Literacy with What We Know About

How the Brain Reads

In this webinar, you’ll be invited to take an honest second look at current literacy practices, bravely considering the question, “What needs to shift?” If you are a teacher, a coach, or a school leader who wants to make sure daily practices are actually making it easier (not harder) for children to learn, then this webinar is for you. This humorous, engaging, and science-filled professional learning is based on Dr. Jan Burkins’ best-selling book, Shifting the Balance: 6 Ways to Bring the Science of Reading into the Balanced Literacy Classroom, co-authored with Kari Yates. Throughout your time with Jan, she will unpack common misunderstandings about effective early literacy instruction that will help you shift your practices around teaching comprehension, phonics, phonemic awareness, sight word, prompting readers, and text selection. Oh, my! We definitely have work to do. But, bravely embracing science and balance will ensure that more children learn to read with less struggle. Dr. Jan Burkins will leave you with both clarity and energy for the journey ahead.


Date: Wed., August 10, 2022

Time: 9:00 a.m. - 12:00 p.m. CST

Cost: $175 per person

Modality:  Virtual via Zoom

QUESTIONS? Please contact:

Amy Ruppert, Program Assistant
(920) 236-0562


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 full-time writer and consultant. She has written six books about literacy and literacy coaching. 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, Shifting the Balance: 6 Ways to Bring the Science of Reading Into the Balanced Literacy Classroom, is co-authored with Kari Yates. This best-selling book offers guidance on implementing the “word work” aspects of literacy instruction. Jan’s current work includes speaking engagements,  presentations at conferences, and professional learning support for school districts. You can contact Jan at




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