What We Do

Key Note Speaking

Hot Topics:

  • Get A Backbone, Principal!
  • Get Some Guts, Coach!
  • How to Teach Students to Critically Think About Text
  • How to Teach Students to Write About What They’ve Read
  • How to Teach Students to Read and Think About Text in Each Discipline
  • Five Teaching Truths That Matter…and it only took me 1,000,000 miles to learn them!

Each key note is tailored to fit your conference theme, time frame, audience and is peppered with real-life stories, straight-forward how-to’s, lots of modeling and tons of laughs.

Jill’s Key Note Speaking Engagements include:

  • The Getty Center Museum in Los Angeles, CA
  • South Dakota MTSS Statewide Conference, Pierre, SD
  • Louisiana Association of Principals, Baton Rouge, LA
  • North Dakota Principal’s Conference, Bismark ND
  • Utah Council for Exceptional Children, Salt Lake City, UT

Jill’s Conference Speaking Engagement include:

  • Plain Talk About Reading – New Orleans, LA
  • Everyone Reading – Chicago, IL
  • Professional Association for Childhood Education (PACE) Education Conference – Anaheim, CA
  • New York State’s SETRC Professional Development Series  – Albany
  • Colloquium Special Speaker – Palmdale, CA
  • North Dakota Reading Association’s Spring Conference – Minot, ND
  • Bureau of Indian Education’s Winter Leadership Institute – Scottsdale, Portland, San Diego, & St. Louis
  • Bureau of Indian Education’s Spring Literacy Leadership Institute – Phoenix, AZ & San Diego, CA
  • Bureau of Indian Education’s Summer Institute – Reno, NM
  • Bureau of Indian Education’s Fall Leadership Institute – Phoenix, AZ
  • Utah Council of the International Reading Association (UCIRA) – Salt Lake City, UT

… and many more!

  • Fifth Annual National Reading First Conference – Nashville, TN
  • Fourth Annual National Reading First Conference – St. Louis, MO
  • California Secondary Literacy Conference – San Francisco, CA
  • A Symposium: Achieving School Change – Reno, NV
  • Idaho Reading First Leadership and Coaching Collaborative Institute – Boise, ID
  • North Dakota Reading Summer Symposium – Bismarck, ND
  • Utah Reading First Coaching and Advanced Coaching Institute – Salt Lake City, UT
  • South Dakota Literacy Leadership and Coaching Collaborative – Pierre, SD
  • Montana Reading Institute – Billings & Helena, MT
  • Wyoming Reading First Summer Institute – Jackson Hole, WY
  • North Dakota Spring Literacy Conference – Minot, ND
  • New York State Reading First and Adolescent Literacy Conference – Brooklyn, NY


We are known for these popular trainings that we developed with a how-to format in mind!

For Teachers:

  • How to Differentiate Reading Instruction (K-6 audience, 2-day training)
  • How to Teach the Common Core (K-12 audience, 4-6 day training)
  • How to Teach Reading (K-12 audience, 5-day training)
  • How to Teach Students to Critically Think About Text (K-12 Audience, 1-2 day training)
  • *Brand new for Fall 2015* How to Teach K-12 Students to Critically Write About Text and How to Differentiate Writing Instruction (K-12 Audience, 1-2 day training)
  • *Brand new for Fall 2015* How to Teach K-12 Students to Critically Think About Science, History and Technical Text (K-12 Audience, 1-2 day training)

For Coaches:

  • Instructional Coaching Training (Newer coaches of K-12 teachers, 3-day training)
  • Coaching Academy (Experienced coaches of K-12 teachers, 3-day training)

Our Clients

Here’s a list of all the folks we have worked with through the years… that’s a lot of frequent flyer miles, countless Hampton Inns and Hertz rentals… but we’ve loved every minute of it because we are on the front-lines as victories big and small happen in classrooms across the country. On site is where the real work happens!

Western Region


  • Alaska Reading First Matanuska-Susitna Borough School District


  • Cibecue Elementary School, Cibecue
  • Maxine O. Bush Elementary School, Phoenix
  • Sierra Vista Elementary School, Phoenix


  • Burbank Unified School District, Burbank
  • California Reading Association, Orange County
  • California Secondary Literacy Summit, Sacramento
  • Gilroy Unified School District, Gilroy
  • Alameda School District, Alameda
  • Adelanto School District, Adelanto
  • San Bernardino City Unified School District, San Bernardino
  • Palmdale School District, Palmdale
  • San Rafael City Schools, San Rafael
  • Compton School District, Compton
  • Allen Elementary School, San Bruno
  • Newport Mesa School District, Newport Beach
  • Orange School District, Orange
  • Lynwood School District, Lynwood
  • West Contra Costa Schools, Contra Costa County


  • Hawaii Reading First
  • Kihei Elementary School, Kihei
  • Honolulu Community Action Program, Honolulu


  • Idaho Reading First
  • Idaho Title I
  • Boise State University, Center for School Improvement & Policy, Boise
  • Boise State University, Idaho Building Capacity Project, Boise
  • Minidoka County Joint School District No. 33, Burley
  • Acequia Elementary School, Rupert
  • Rupert Elementary School, Rupert
  • East Minico Middle School, Rupert
  • Minico High School, Rupert
  • Paul Elementary School, Paul
  • West Minico Middle School, Paul
  • Heyburn Elementary School, Heyburn
  • Coeur d’Alene Tribal School, Coeur d’Alene
  • Bonneville School District No. 931, Bonneville
  • Caldwell School District No. 132, Caldwell
  • Vallivue School District, Caldwell
  • East Canyon Elementary School, Caldwell
  • West Canyon Elementary School, Caldwell
  • Central Canyon Elementary School, Caldwell
  • Lewis and Clark Elementary School, Caldwell
  • Fremont County Joint School District No. 215, Saint Anthony


  • Montana Office of Public Instruction
  • Lame Deer School, Lame Deer
  • Lodge Grass School, Lodge Grass
  • Butte School District, Butte
  • East Evergreen Elementary School, Kalispell
  • Lakeside Elementary School, Lakeside
  • Morningside Elementary School, Great Falls
  • Ponderosa Elementary School, Billings
  • Newman Elementary School, Billings
  • Bureau of Indian Affairs, Montana Education Line Office, Billings


  • Nevada Reading First
  • Washoe County School District Reading First, Reno
  • Alice Smith Elementary School, Reno

New Mexico

  • New Mexico Reading First
  • Albuquerque Public Schools
  • Bureau of Indian Affairs, Albuquerque
  • Mary Ann Binford Elementary School, Albuquerque
  • Susie Rayes Marmon Elementary School, Albuquerque
  • Deming Public Schools, Deming
  • Martin Elementary School, Deming
  • Smith Elementary School, Deming
  • Santa Clara Day School, Espanola
  • Ruidoso Municipal School District, Ruidoso
  • White Mountain Elementary School, Ruidoso
  • Nob Hill Elementary School, Ruidoso
  • Sierra Vista Primary School, Ruidoso
  • Las Cruces Public Schools, Las Cruces
  • Tohaali’ Community School, Newcomb
  • Taos Day School, Taos


  • Oregon Reading First/University of Oregon
  • Portland Public Schools, Portland
  • Lot Whitcomb Elementary School, Milwaukie
  • Faulconer-Chapman, Sheridan


  • Utah Reading First
  • Ogden City School District, Ogden
  • Granite School District, Salt Lake City
  • Weber School District, S. Ogden
  • Tooele Schools, Tooele


  • Concrete Elementary School, Concrete
  • Toppenish School District, Toppenish
  • Yakima School District, Yakima
  • Chief Leschi School, Puyallup
  • Bureau of Indian Affairs, Seattle Education Line Office, Seattle


  • Wyoming Department of Education – Striving Readers Grant 2010
  • Wyoming Reading First
  • Ralph Witters Elementary School, Thermopolis
  • Fremont County School District No. 25, Riverton
  • Rendezvous Elementary School, Riverton
  • Ashgrove Elementary School, Riverton
  • Lincoln Elementary School, Riverton
  • Jackson Elementary School, Riverton
  • Natrona County Schools Special Education, Casper
  • Natrona County School District No.1, Casper
  • Grant Elementary School, Casper
  • Midwest Elementary School, Casper
  • Mountain View Elementary School, Casper
  • Willard Elementary School, Casper
  • Southridge Elementary School, Casper
  • University Park Elementary School, Casper
  • Big Horn County School District No. 1, Cowley
  • Monroe Intermediate School, Green River
  • Sweetwater County School District No. 2, Green River
  • Big Horn County School District No. 3, Greybull
  • Sublette County School District No. 1, Pinedale
  • Platte County School District No.1, Wheatland
  • Carbon County School District No. 1, Rawlins
  • Albany County School District No. 1, Laramie
  • Linford Elementary School, Laramie
  • Beitel Elementary School, Laramie
  • Sweetwater County School District No. 1, Rock Springs
  • Carbon County School District No. 2, Saratoga
Midwest Region


  • Sikeston R-6 Schools, Sikeston
  • Southeast Regional Professional Development Center, Southeast Missouri State University, Cape Girardeau
  • Warren E. Hearnes, Charleston
  • New Madrid County R-1, New Madrid
  • Thayer R-II School District, Thayer

North Dakota

  • North Dakota Department of Public Instruction, Bismarck
  • North Dakota Reading Association
  • Grafton Public School District No. 3, Grafton
  • Century Elementary School, Grafton
  • Central Middle School, Grafton
  • Erik Ramstad Middle School, Minot

South Dakota

  • Department of Education State of South Dakota
  • South Dakota Reading First
  • Lower Brule Elementary School, Lower Brule
  • Shannon County School District, Batesland
  • Kadoka Elementary School, Kadoka
  • Kimball School District 7-2, Kimball
  • Martin Elementary School, Martin
  • McLaughlin School District, McLaughlin
  • McLaughlin Elementary School, McLaughlin
  • Longfellow Elementary School, Mitchell
  • Pine Ridge School, Pine Ridge
  • Wagner Elementary School, Wagner
  • White River Elementary School, White River
  • Wall School District, Wall
  • Three Rivers Special Services Cooperative, Philip
  • Tiospa Zina Tribal School, Agency Village
  • Mitchell School District No. 17-2, Mitchell
  • Andes Central Elementary School, Lake Andes
  • Enemy Swim Day School, Waubay
  • Loneman School, Oglala


  • Tinley Park Community Consolidated School District, Tinley Park


  • Human Services, Inc., Columbus


  • Kalamazoo Regional Educational Services Agency, Portage


  • Lac Coutre Ojibwe Elementary School, Hayward
Eastern Region


  • Bureau of Indian Affairs, Portland

New York

  • Mid-West Regional School Support Center, Monroe No. l BOCES, Rochester
  • Regional School Support Center, Erie No. 1 BOCES, West Seneca

New Jersey

  • Patterson School District, Patterson
Southern Region


  • Miami-Dade School District, Miami


  • Atlanta Public Schools, Atlanta


  • Saint Bernard Parish Public Schools, Chalmette
  • Washington Parish School System, Franklinton
  • Jefferson Parish Schools
  • Calcasieu Parish Schools
  • Terrebonne Parish Schools
  • St. Charles Parish Schools


  • Bradley County Schools, Cleveland


  • Henry Clay Elementary School, Ashland
  • Gandy Elementary School, Ashland

On-site Visits

We model everything we ask you to do.  A new technique in the classroom?  We are with YOUR kids showing you what that looks like!  Working with a resistant bunch of teachers?  We are right there modeling with YOUR teachers how to navigate the tough spots. Quite honestly, we are not interested in talking about the work, we are obsessed with DOING THE WORK WITH YOU in “real time” at your school. Here’s what that might include:

  • Quick data crunching session
  • Consultant modeling in classrooms the new technique or new idea
  • Debriefing with teachers/other staff following the in-class model
  • Facilitate team meetings to practice the new technique
  • Collaborate with staff members to create their next steps based upon the model and debriefing
  • Debrief with leadership and create simple next steps in preparation for next quarter’s visit

Each of our on-site consultations are customized just for you.  Your grant requirements, your student score goals, your instructional concerns drive the content of what we do on site.  One thing you should know about us?  We use what you have in place first – our work is not about buying more and more and more stuff.  In fact, most of what we do is to simplify your teaching. Curious about what this would look like at your site?  Drop us a line and let’s start talking about it!


Clients who return for more support after our first visit



School Districts

million miles in the sky


Moving Violations

Visit to the hospital for stitches

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