Elementary Conference 2017

The elementary conference will take place at ESC Region 12 on Monday, October 2 from 8:00 – 3:00 and will include a half-day workshop with Kim Yaris and a half day of breakout sessions from which you may choose the topics that best meet your instructional needs. You will be free to go to lunch from 11:00-12:30. You may bring a lunch if you wish to remain at ESC Region 12 during the lunch break.


A lifelong educator, Kim Yaris has worked in education--as an elementary classroom teacher and literacy staff developer--for more than 20 years. She has a reputation for being a dynamic presenter, skillfully weaving educational theory with practical classroom application to assist teachers’ efforts to amend and improve reading and writing instruction. Whether working with small groups to provide demonstration lessons or presenting to large groups, teachers consistently report feeling inspired, engaged, and invigorated after working with Kim.

Committed to helping children become independent and proficient readers and writers, Kim’s work with teachers focuses on helping them understand how children learn to read and write. Kim advocates for developing student agency through intentional and responsive teaching. Co-authored with Jan Burkins, her books provide practical ideas for promoting independence and proficiency which serve as the foundation for her workshops and model lessons in classrooms.

You can learn more about Kim by watching her conversation with Jan Burkins on YouTube.

Books by Kim Yaris:
  • Reading Wellness, (Stenhouse 2014)
  • Who’s Doing the Work, (Stenhouse 2016)
Conference Presentation:

Jumpstarting Readers When They Plateau

Classroom teachers often encounter students whose reading development plateaus when they reach certain text levels, which can cause students to give up! These mysterious pauses on the learning continuum can be both confounding and frustrating, leaving teachers wondering what to do to jumpstart growth and development and help students persevere. In this session, participants will explore the ways in which read aloud, shared reading, guided reading, and independent reading are connected and learn ways to maximize each of these instructional contexts to help develop problem solving strategies that accelerate student growth.

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Primary Conference (Grades K-1)
Tuesday, Oct. 3, 8 a.m. - 3 p.m.
Middle/Secondary Conference (Grades 6-12)
Tuesday, Oct. 3, 8 a.m. - 3 p.m.