Shifting the Balance: Six Ways to Bring Reading Science Alive for Beginning or Struggling Readers

with Jan Burkins & Kari Yates

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Registration Closed.
Last Date to Register: 8/2/2023 12:01 AM
Last Date to Cancel: 7/30/2023 12:01 AM
Agency: CESA 5
Agency Contact: Maggie Trenda
Agency Assistant: Stephanie Helmann 608-745-5472
Location: Glacier Canyon Conference Center at The Wilderness
45 Hillman Rd
Wisconsin Dells, WI 53965
Facility: Wilderness 2,5
8/9/2023 09:00 AM - 03:00 PM Registration and breakfast: 8am - 9am

Shifting the Balance: Six Ways to Bring Reading Science Alive for Beginning or Struggling Readers
with Jan Burkins & Kari Yates

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?” Jan and Kari will unpack the why and the how behind six critical shifts, aligning current practices with 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.


Participants will . . .

  1. Explore common misunderstandings about early literacy instruction and its implications. 

  2. Discover both the why and the how for more science-aligned teaching structures for beginning readers. 

  3. Reflect on current practices for early literacy instruction, identifying those to elevate, those to refine, and those to replace with more brain-friendly alternatives. 

    1. Rethinking how reading comprehension begins

    2. Recommitting to phonemic awareness instruction 

    3. Reimagining the way we teach phonics

    4. Revising high-frequency word instruction 

    5. Reinventing the ways we prompt readers

    6. Reconsidering texts for beginning readers 

  4. Understand the Four Part Processing Model (Adams 1990; Sedenberg & McClelland 1989), Simple View of Reading (Gough and Tunmer, 1986) and orthographic mapping (Ehri 2014) the roles they play in how the brain learns to read.  

  5. Learn high-leverage instructional routines that will make learning to read easier - not harder - for children.


Grade K-5 classroom teachers, Literacy Coaches, Special Education Teachers, Reading Interventionists, Principals, District Leaders

*It is recommended that participants bring a digital device.*

Registration fee: (includes breakfast and lunch)

$300 per person 
$250 per person for CESA 5 School Improvement Consortium Members with 6 or more registrants. (Fee will be adjusted after at least 6 district staff members have registered.)

You can make your hotel reservations by calling Glacier Canyon Lodge, Wisconsin Dells at 1-800-867-9453.
Discounted room rates are in effect until July 12, 2023.

Double Queen rooms are $189 per night.

Rates are subject to applicable state and local taxes (currently 12.25%) in effect at the time of check-in unless proper tax-exempt documentation is provided prior to check-in, and a taxable $24.95 nightly Resort fee or current prevailing fee if changed.

Reference leader #979252  to be linked with this event.

About - Dr. Jan Burkins
Dr. Jan Burkins is a full-time consultant and author of five books for literacy educators. 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. With more than 30 years of experience in education, Jan’s favorite work is conducting literacy audits for schools, where she works with schools and district leaders to determine their next steps for making learning to read easier for the children they support.

Kari Yates (@Kari_Yates) / Twitter
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 administrator. Kari is also the author of Simple Starts: Making the Move to a Reader-Centered Classroom (Heinemann, 2015) and  co-author of To Know and Nurture a Reader (Stenhouse Publishing, 2018) and the groundbreaking new text, Shifting the Balance: 6 Ways to Bring the Science of Reading into the Balanced Literacy Classroom (Stenhouse, 2021).

Cancellation Policy: Registered participants will receive a full refund if they cancel before 10 working days before an event, minus any material costs that have already been incurred. Because of our commitment to the trainer and the food vendor, participants who cancel less than 10 working days or do not attend, will be billed the full fee. CESA 5 reserves the right to cancel any event. Registered participants will be notified via email if a cancellation occurs and will receive a full refund. Inclement weather policy: Every effort will be made to hold an event. CESA 5 will notify participants via email as soon as possible if an event has been canceled due to weather conditions.