Wabash Valley Education Center

*T3 Literacy Series! Shifting the Balance: Six Ways to Bring Reading Science Alive for Beginning or Struggling Readers (K-5)

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 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?” Kari will unpack the why and the how behind six critical shifts, aligning current practices with the brain science. You will leave with practical and powerful instructional moves you can make starting tomorrow!


Participants will . . .


  1. Explore common misunderstandings about early literacy instruction and their 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. Reconsiding 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.




Kari Yates
Kari Yates is an author, speaker, and consultant with a passion for helping busy literacy educators thrive. If you’re an elementary educator, Kari has been in your shoes. Her experiences include classroom teacher, special education teacher, reading specialist, elementary principal and district administrator.  Kari has a passion for helping teachers, coaches, and administrators find the inspiration, courage and resources to nurture joyful, and research-aligned literacy learning, one next-step at a time. Kari is uniquely qualified to facilitate decision-making, planning, and professional development at the district, building, and classroom level. She does this through writing, designing online learning experiences, speaking engagements, conference presentations, and working side-by-side with teachers and leaders in schools.

Kari is a co-author (with Jan Burkins) of the groundbreaking text, Shifting the Balance: 6 Ways to Bring the Science of Reading into the Balanced Literacy Classroom (Stenhouse, 2021). She is also the author (with Christina Nosek) of To Know and Nurture a Reader (Stenhouse Publishing, 2018) and Simple Starts: Making the Move to a Reader-Centered Classroom (Heinemann, 2015).   Kari lives in Minnesota with her husband, John where they gratefully spend time in, on or near the lake with children, grandchildren, friends and family. Kari also loves to read, quilt, paint, and create cozy living spaces.  If you’d like to connect with Kari or learn about bringing her to your district, school. or event you can connect by visiting www.KariYates.com


Date: Tuesday, September 13, 2022
Time: 9:00 AM - 3:00 PM Eastern Time (lunch on your own)

Location: Beck Ag Center


Cost: $165/Service Center Member or $330/District not belonging to a Service Center*

This is a WVEC Title III Consortium eligible workshop!

*Cost of all workshops are based on membership in an Indiana Educational Service Center (ESC). Any registrants who are not members of an ESC in the state of Indiana will be required to pay the non-member fee.

**See cancellation policy below

Cancellation Policy

* Registrants who notify WVEC of their cancellation on or before the registration deadline date will not be required to pay the registration fee.
* Registrants who cancel after the registration deadline but before the workshop date or call to cancel on the day of the workshop will pay 50% of the registration fee.
* Registrants who neglect to call or notify the WVEC of their cancellation will be responsible for paying the full fee.
* On official school corporation weather-related cancellation days, registrants will not be required to pay registration fees.


Registration open through 9/12/2022 9:00 AM EST

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Beck Ag Center
4550 U.S. Highway 52 West
West Lafayette, IN 47906

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Wabash Valley Education Center
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West Lafayette, IN 47906