Jan Burkins and Kim Yaris - Professional Development

Jan Burkins and Kim Yaris, authors of Who’s Doing the Work? How to Say Less so Readers Can Do More (2016), and of Reading Wellness: Lessons in Independence and Proficiency (2014). Both titles provide practical ideas for teaching students to become increasingly independent and proficient in an age where heavy teacher talk is the status quo. With 50 combined years of experience in education, they are passionate about helping teachers navigate, understand, and implement standards based instruction without sacrificing their inner teacher. In their current role as staff developers, they work closely with schools and districts, facilitating professional learning, conducting in-class demonstrations, and developing curriculum.


  • 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