Shifting the Balance: 6 Ways to Bring the Science of Reading into the Balanced Literacy Classroom 

by Jan Burkins and Kari Yates 

This book study is comprised of three one-hour informal Zoom sessions. The discussion will focus on K–2 literacy instruction. Each session is from 7:00–8:00 pm ET.

Who Should Attend: Independent school teachers, coaches, and leaders

Participants will need to purchase their own copy of the book.  

Cost: $50 NCAIS Members $75 Non-Members

Book Study Schedule: 

Shifting the Balance Book Study Session #1: October 19 @ 7pm

Description: Introduction & Shift 1- During this first session participants will get to know one another, share what brought them to the book study, and begin to explore the content. The discussion will focus on the science behind comprehension instruction and shifts that might be needed to best support students in the K–2 literacy classroom. Please read the introductions and Shift 1 before the session.

Shifting the Balance Book Study Session #2: November 2 @ 7pm

Description: Shift 2 & 3 - Participants will discuss the science behind phonemic awareness and phonics. They will share their experiences and consider ways to bring the science to life in their classrooms. 

Shifting the Balance Book Study Session #3: November 16 @ 7pm

Description: Shift 4, 5, & 6 - Participants will explore what the science says about high frequency word instruction, how young children engage with text, and the types of texts that are most supportive of early reading development. They will reflect on how the book study will impact their instructional practices moving forward