People Are Talkin’!

This just in from Chuck Sykora at Wall Elementary School!

Wall Elementary School was recognized as a Blue Ribbon School. I want to thank everyone at Jackson Consulting for providing us with the high quality staff development that helped contribute to our success.


Chuck Sykora, Principal

Sharei from South Dakota just emailed us!

I had teachers and staff here tell me in all the years they have worked for the District and all the trainings they’ve attended, the Jill Jackson training was the best training they have had ever!!!  Kudos! And I agree!

– District Curriculum Director

This just in from one of our clients on May 18, 2012!

I have wanted to share the great news!!! Desert Springs and Lakevue Elementary got Distinguished School awards 2011-12
Lakevue National Title 1 Distinguished School 2011-12  ( We have done a lot in 4 years) Thought you might want to hear the success in Vallivue.

Leeta Hobbs, Principal

Pat from New Mexico says…

Thanks for all you did this year. The meetings with the teachers on Thursday were awesome!

Missy from Illinois says:

A couple of years ago I had the amazing opportunity to work with you and have you model and do some mentoring with my students and I.  Those couple of days were a HUGE contribution to my current success as a classroom teacher.

Grafton Public Schools says:

Jill Jackson was able to provide our teachers and administrators with the straight facts about what is working and not working within our classrooms. She knows what it takes for schools to be successful and she requires teachers to ‘bring it!’ She provides us with continual support and this holds us all accountable to take real action.

– Jill Olson, District Literacy Coordinator

The Bureau of Indian Education says:

Thank you for your knowledge, recommendations, and dedication to our school! We are very lucky to have your consultants and you on our team!

– Donna, South Dakota

Minico High School says:

The collaboration, professional development and mentoring was instrumental in helping us achieve our New School Status. Jackson Consulting will continue as an active partner in our growth.

– Dan Rogers, Principal

Minidoka County Schools says:

Working with Jackson Consulting has been very rewarding. Jill is a gifted organizer and presenter, as well as, a master teacher. She provided our District with meaningful, relevant, and effective training and strategies to help us increase instructional focus and intensity. We have seen consistent growth and improvement in academic achievement as we have focused on the quality of teacher instruction and delivery of the curriculum.

I highly recommend Jill’s services as “top-notch” professional development. She was able to relate with our teachers and provide useful instructional coaching to our teachers and administrators.

– Scott A. Rogers, Ph.D., Superintendent of Schools

Wall Elementary School, Wall, South Dakota says:

I appreciate all that you and your staff has done for us. The services you’ve provided have been above expectation. I have been dropping your name to a lot of administrators I visit with, telling them how valuable your work has been for us. Although the Reading First money is no longer coming in, I will do what I can to find money so that we can continue to work with you.

– Chuck Sykora, Principal

Idaho State Department of Education says:

The Literacy Leadership training in Chicago was such fun! We had a great time together, even though we were discussing the hard topics of implementing change in literacy instruction. I left enthused about taking the steps in my work.

– Deb Pfost,  Capacity Builder Coordinator

Reading First Idaho says:

Thank you for providing such excellent service to Idaho’s educators. Your knowledge, skills, and outstanding presentations have proven to be invaluable resources as we work towards building capacity and sustaining changes in our educational system throughout the state. Your work, customized for Idaho, with building administrators and instructional coaches, has contributed to our success and the ultimate success of our students. You have made a difference in Idaho!

– Rose Rettig, Former Director of Reading First

Reading First South Dakota says:

For more than a year, Jill has provided high quality professional development to those involved in early literacy in the state of South Dakota. Not only has she provided on-site technical assistance to schools, but has also delivered keynote addresses and breakout sessions at the annual South Dakota Reading First Conference. She creates a positive atmosphere in each setting by delivering scientifically based reading research in a way that inspires teachers to go back to their classrooms, fired up. She reaches all teachers in the room, regardless of the size of the group, as evidenced by the evaluations completed by participants.

Teachers frequently request that we bring her back to the state for follow-up workshops. Jill will definitely be returning to South Dakota to work with our early literacy educators!

– Michelle Mehlberg, Former Director of Reading First

Utah State Office of Education says:

As Utah’s Reading First Director for the past six years, I have facilitated many statewide professional development opportunities for administrators and literacy coaches. I can always count on Jill Jackson to tailor her presentations and resources to meet the specific needs of each individual group of participants.

Whether she is addressing novice or experienced coaches, school and district administrators, or state department specialists, Jill’s vast knowledge, experience and expertise in all facets of literacy development and instruction, educational leadership, instructional coaching, and effective research-based strategies for school and district improvement make her an exemplary presenter who is always well received by attendees.

Jill was the keynote speaker at the Utah Council of the International Reading Association’s (UCIRA) annual conference in Salt Lake City where she received the highest accolades from K-12 classroom teachers, special educators, administrators, literacy coaches and university professors who were in attendance. Jill seamlessly weaves research, hands-on practice with feedback, and time for reflection into every presentation to ensure that participants leave her sessions with the motivation and knowledge to successfully implement their new learning.

– Rebecca S. Donaldson, Title I District and School Support Services

Here are some quick bites from Jill’s training participants:

“Jill is a master at saying difficult things to individuals. In the beginning, the coaches all felt they were expert teachers who understood the craft of teaching. Through observations and data, Jill was able to help them discover their own weaknesses and gave them a desire to improve. Coaches looked forward to the monthly meetings with Jill. Although the coaches were not always comfortable at the introspective process, they felt they were better teachers because of it.”

“Jill was full of energy and it helped make the information more interesting!”

“Ms. Jackson is an enthusiastic speaker, I enjoy her classes!”

“I got some great ideas from Jill about which parts of the curriculum are most suitable for differentiating.  I also feel more comfortable making changes and have specific ideas about things I can try right away.”

“This training has given me new ideas and the “how to” for implementing these ideas.”

“Thanks Jill for supporting, clarifying and enhancing the literacy issues we are having in our building.  The shift from “it’s the kids’ responsibility” to “we must teach them” is huge!”

“Great workshop!  The knowledge and energy Jill brings to us is amazing!”

“Jill was a great model for engaging, setting the purpose and results reflection.”

“I absolutely LOVE the way you taught us summary.  Jill reinforced the beliefs I have about the teaching of literacy!”