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Reading Wellness

Reading Wellness, Jan Miller Burkins and Kim Yaris

Preventing Misguided Reading

Preventing Misguided Reading

Our overarching goal is to assist children in becoming proficient readers and writers.

To Know and Nurture a Reader

We were pleased to have the opportunity to write a foreword for Kari Yates (@KariYates) and Christina Nosek’s (@ChristinaNosek) new book, To Know and Nurture a Reader: Conferring with Confidence and Joy (Stenhouse Publishers, 2018).While this lovely text is rife with practical wisdom, one of our favorite takeaways is a tidbit of language that is so widely…

Hello, House.

In many ways, August represents the new year for us, even more than January 1st. This past year (the one ending today) has been filled with work that is important and urgent–writing deadlines, travel details, children’s appointments, etc. Moments dedicated to the important but not urgent have been elusive. I am very grateful that there is a margin for…

Planning for Love

In the 2003 movie, Mona Lisa Smile, Maggie Gyllenhaal plays college student, Giselle Levy, who is having an affair with a married man. Kirsten Dunst plays a friend, Betty Warren, who berates and shames Giselle for her promiscuous behavior. But in the midst of Betty’s expressions of loathing, Giselle does not get angry or defensive.…

What Teachers are Saying...

The logic of its argument is all but impossible to deny. Burkins and Yaris make their call to change hard to resist.

Illinois Reading Council Journal (Fall 2016)


Illinois Reading Council Journal (Fall 2016)

I attended your workshop in Valparaiso, IN and I was so inspired by you ladies.  It really reaffirmed some things that I truly believe in for literacy instruction and helped me have some a-ha moments. Thank you so much for the work you do.  It reaffirms my faith of why I am an educator.

Jenny Fairbairn, Instructional Coach


Jenny Fairbairn, Instructional Coach

This is a book that needed to be written…

Joan Moser of “The 2 Sisters"


Joan Moser of “The 2 Sisters"

Reading Wellness reminds us that nothing is more essential to our classrooms than caring for our children’s minds, beliefs, and passions. It is a prescription for student-centered instruction in the truest sense.

Christopher Lehman


Christopher Lehman

So many people have said that your session was the best staff development that we have had at our school – we all desperately want you to come back…

Jan Busey, Estes Elementary, Literacy Coach, Buncombe County Schools, North Carolina


Jan Busey, Estes Elementary, Literacy Coach, Buncombe County Schools, North Carolina