What We Do

Key Note Speaking

The Scoop on Jill’s Speaking…

Jill tailors all of her speeches and trainings: no canned anything!

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 notes are designed for district and school level leaders, instructional coaches and PreK-12 teachers.

What people are saying about her keynotes:

  • “Oh my! I just had a teacher thank me for scheduling this PD—she said it was the first one in 5 years that she actually learned something She came in with a bad attitude, and left thinking about what she can do differently tomorrow!”
  • “Your passion inspires me and your undying commitment to help educators is so admirable. We need to clone you!”
  • “Your sessions were the highlight of my days at Plain Talk. Real, useful classroom information that can be shared with my teachers. I am so happy I got to meet you!”
  •  “I wanted to say THANK YOU for an amazing training this morning. I am very appreciative of all the GREAT information I received today! Thanks again for your simple and direct approaching to coaching.”

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
  • Pennsylvania Educational Leadership Summit, State College, PA
  • UCIRA, Salt Lake City, UT
  • Utah Reading Association, 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


These trainings are the ones that we do best and those our clients get the best results from!  All are written by Jill and are totally practical and are designed with no fluff…ready for you and your teams to use right away!

Trainings for Teachers…

How to Teach Students to Critically Think About Text: 15 easy-to-follow techniques for the PreK-12 teacher

  • PreK-12 audience
  • 1-2 day training
  • Check out Jill’s live events 

How to Teach Students to Write Informational Text: A deconstructed, step-by-step approach to teaching K-12 students to write

  • K-12 audience
  • 2-day training
  • Check out Jill’s live events 

The Simplified Lesson Plan Formula: A Whole New Take on Lesson Planning That Helps Your Build Lessons You’ll Actually Teach

  • PreK-12 audience
  • 1-day training
  • Check out Jill’s live events 

Trainings for Instructional Coaches and District and School Leaders…

How to Coach Teachers to Teach Almost Anything: A totally practical guide to instructional coaching

  • **This is our most requested and most popular training!**
  • Veteran and new school principals and district/school coaches audience
  • 2-day training 
  • Check out Jill’s live events


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
  • Anchorage School District, Anchorage
  • Alaska AACSA


  • 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
  • Great Falls Public Schools, Great Falls


  • 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
  • Somerset Elementary School, Bellevue


  • 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


  • Kent ISD, Grand Rapids
  • Kalamazoo RESA, Kalamazoo
  • Bay-Arenac ISD


  • 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


  • Omaha Public Schools, Omaha

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
  • South Dakota Department of Education, Pierre
  • Washington 4-5 Center, Huron


  • Tinley Park Community Consolidated School District, Tinley Park


  • Human Services, Inc., Columbus


  • 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
  • Okaloosa County Schools
  • Florida Association of School Administrators


  • Atlanta Public Schools, Atlanta


  • Saint Bernard Parish Public Schools, Chalmette
  • Washington Parish School System, Franklinton
  • Jefferson Parish Schools, Harvey
  • Natchitoches Parish Schools, Natchitoches
  • New Iberia Parish Schools, New Iberia
  • Calcasieu Parish Schools, Lake Charles
  • Terrebonne Parish Schools, Houma
  • St. Charles Parish Schools, Luling
  • Rapides Parish School Board, Alexandria
  • School Leadershipo Center, Metairie


  • Mississippi Department of Education


  • Bradley County Schools, Cleveland
  • Cleveland City Schools, Cleveland


  • Henry Clay Elementary School, Ashland
  • Gandy Elementary School, Ashland
Outside the US


  • First Nations Education Steering Committee, British Columbia


Clients who return for more support after our first visit



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