Jan Burkins

Author's Website

Jan Burkins, coauthor of Preventing Misguided Reading (IRA 2010), and Kim Yaris are the writers and thinkers behind Burkins and Yaris—Think Tank for 21st Century Literacy, where their blog and their instructional resources have drawn a national audience and made them thought leaders in the field of literacy instruction. Both former teachers, Jan and Kim are passionate about helping educators navigate, understand, and teach instructional standards without sacrificing their inner teacher. In their roles as staff developers, they work closely with schools and districts—facilitating staff development, conducting in-class demonstrations, and developing curriculum.


Beyond the Book

If you’d like to book Jan for your school or district’s next Professional Development, email pd@stenhouse.com to consult with our PD Specialist or click the blue “Book This Author” icon to explore the various PD options available.

Presentation Titles: 

  • Who’s Doing the Work? Unteaching Learned Helplessness (Grades K–5)
  • Who’s Doing the Work? – Classroom Modeling (Grades K–5)
  • Leading Who’s Doing the Work?: Next Generation Balanced Literacy Instruction (Grades K–5 Administrators)
  • Preventing Misguided Reading: Small-Group Instruction That Works (Grades K–5)
  • Reading Wellness: Teaching Students to Read for Deep Understanding (Grades K–5)
  • Jumpstarting Readers When They Plateau (Grades K–5)
  • Literacy Audits (Grades K–5)
  • Classroom Demonstrations (Read Aloud, Shared Reading, Guided Reading, Independent Reading)
  • Classroom Coaching
  • Virtual Coaching of Teachers and/or Administrators
  • Online Class: Who’s Doing the Work? How to Say Less So Readers Can Do More 
  • Curriculum Alignment/Development
  • Meeting Facilitation
  • Ongoing, Job-embedded Professional Learning