Burkins and Yaris



Friday, November 3, 2017

8:30 AM to 3:30 PM CDT

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Hurst Conference Center
1601 Campus Drive
Hurst, TX 76054

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Jan Miller Burkins and Kim Yaris
Burkins and Yaris


Who's Doing the Work?

How to Say Less So Students Can Do More

Full-Day Workshop

Hurst Conference Center, Texas

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K-8 teachers, come learn new ways to make your instruction transfer to student independence!

Join Jan Burkins and Kim Yaris for a full-day of professional development, where you will learn practical steps for implementing read aloud, shared reading, guided reading, and independent reading. In this workshop, Burkins and Yaris will help you examine your instruction and identify places where you may be inadvertently blocking the path to increased student independence and achievement. Based on their bestselling book, Who’s Doing the Work, this newly expanded workshop includes their latest insights and strategies.

Big Idea I: How to Teach Independence (not Learned Helplessness)

Participate in a series of exercises to learn how simple adjustments to instruction can lead to powerful shifts in student engagement, empowering students and leading to increased achievement. You will…

  • learn a shorthand for documenting and communicating about student reading processes.
  • reframe understandings of the role of reading level in documenting student growth.
  • redefine the gradual release of responsibility in ways that minimize learned helplessness and maximize student independence.
  • receive a model for revising prompting language to minimize the role of the teacher.
  • and more.

Big Idea II: How to Jumpstart Readers When They Plateau

Jan and Kim will share their strategies for supporting students when reading progress stymies. You will ...

  • receive a matrix to support the selection of genuinely complex texts.
  • explore picture books that lend themselves to deep thinking.
  • learn how to teach students to read for meaning when they typically just call words.
  • receive a collection of lesson ideas you can immediately use in the classroom.
  • and more.

Big Idea III: How to Teach Across the Gradual Release of Responsibility (Demonstration!)

Burkins and Yaris will put everything together and demonstrate a complete series of lessons across the gradual release of responsibility, including read aloud, shared reading, guided reading, and independent reading.

You will…

  • participate in a demonstration of next generation balanced literacy instruction.
  • learn how to plan Who’s Doing the Work Lessons across the gradual release of responsibility.
  • receive a special gift to support this work in your classroom.
  • and more!

Join Burkins and Yaris for a day filled with active learning and many special surprises!