Pat’s 25 years as a reading teacher, and Katie’s 23 years teaching experience in grades K-8, allow us to speak from experience about a wide variety of topics. We are available for consulting work and professional development workshops tailored to the specific needs of your staff and students, depending on the grade level, background knowledge, the diversity of the student population, and specific goals at the classroom, school or district level. Please feel free to contact Pat or Katie to create a custom workshop to fit your school.

Pat Johnson:

Katie Keier:

Although working with struggling readers and/or English Language Learners is our speciality, we can also present on other topics such as:

-developing strong writing workshops

-weaving poetry into your literacy workshops

-using updated children’s literature to teach FOR strategies

-assessment – analysis of running records/and other assessments – to help you plan instruction for struggling readers

-interactive read aloud as an effective instructional tool – moving talk in your classroom to a deeper level

-play and learning

-creating communities of learning that incorporate play and meaningful learning of state and Common Core standards

Additional Workshops:

Keeping Our Language and Our Instruction Within the Child’s Zone:

Most teachers have heard of Vygotsky’s zone of proximal development, but how does it relate to your first through third graders who are struggling with reading?  In this workshop we share how to observe, model, support, and instruct those students who are the hardest-to-teach to read.

Making the Most of Your Time with Struggling Readers:

All teachers have at least one if not several struggling readers in their classrooms.  Pat and Katie will address how best to understand what is going on with struggling readers in order to best meet their needs. Specific lessons will be shared spotlighting certain strategies. Learn how to transfer responsibility to students for using these strategies independently as part of a reading processing system. This workshop can be ½ day or full day and will include information for teachers in grades K-6.

More Meaning-Making, Less Rote:

Meet the needs of your struggling readers in grades 3-6 with focused instruction in small groups.  Learn how to plan, teach, and scaffold these learners using short non-fiction texts, vignettes or short stories, and poetry.

Supporting Young English Language Learners with Literacy Acquisition, K-3:

Many primary students who are having difficulty learning to read and write are also learning English at the same time.  Pat and Katie use their many years experience of working in highly diverse schools to share ways to support these learners.  Specific attention will be paid to small group work, book introductions, and building in opportunities for meaningful talk throughout your day.

Inferring – The Heartbeat of Comprehension, K-5:

We all want students to comprehend beyond the literal level of texts.  But how do we teach students about inferring?  Is it necessary to learn the word “inferring” in order to do it?  This workshop helps teachers support students as they learn to dig deeper into the articles, books, and stories they read.

Catching Readers Before They Fall, K-6:

Teachers don’t need another test to tell them which students are having problems learning to read.  They already know. What teachers want is help supporting those children who are struggling, catching them before they suffer the consequences of school failure.  Pat and Katie will share how they help classroom teachers observe students’ reading difficulties and plan instruction tailored to the needs of individual students.

Harnessing the Power of Shared Demonstrations:

Are we jumping too fast from our modeling to independent practice?  Do students need more time learning about strategic actions by “doing it with us?”  In this workshop we will share ways to do interactive teaching, allowing students to take on some responsibility for thinking and comprehending as the teacher guides them through shared demonstrations.  This workshop can be designed for K-3, 3-6, or to include all grades K-6.


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