We have staples when it comes to workshop instruction that allow educators to engage learners and stay sharp. We work with our member districts to set dates (and design new workshops). If you would like to schedule a workshop get in touch with our director, Ruth Ayres.

Engaging Secondary Readers

Designed just for 6-12 ELA classes, this workshop focuses on engaging secondary readers through independent reading and book clubs. Instructors are Ruth Ayres and classroom teacher, June Yazel.

June Yazel is a high school English teacher and has worn many hats as a secondary educator. She works for Tippecanoe Valley School Corporation.

Ruth Ayres is the director of The Lead Learners consortium and the editor of Choice Literacy. She has been a middle school language arts teacher, high school English teacher, district writing coach and instructional coach. She writes many books and articles about teaching writers.


March 25, 2020: 9:00 – 2:45
Westfield Middle School

Contact Ruth if you are interested in hosting this training in 2020-2021.

Routines & Procedures for Workshop Teaching

In a world where we can find anything on the internet, there is still the art of teaching that can only be learned through developing strong core beliefs and honing understanding of classroom management. This BRAND NEW workshop takes a look at key workshop procedures based on brain science and instructional practices. 

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Barbara Boggs was in public education for 34 years, serving as an elementary teacher, instructional coach, and Coordinator of Professional Learning. She now works for the Northeast Literacy Council.

Tammy Taylor has worn many hats in education, but always keeps her focus on helping students grow. She has been a primary teacher, writing coach, college professor, and is currently a consultant for the Northeast Literacy Council and the Indiana Writing Project.

April 22, 2020: 9:30 – 2:45

Washington STEM Academy (Warsaw Schools)

Contact Ruth if you are interested in hosting this training in 2020-2021. We will work with you to set the dates.

Beginning Reading-Writing Workshop in Middle School

This NEW workshop is our best advice on how to build and maintain a reading-writing workshop in middle school. We set the stage by acknowledging the unique needs of young adolescents and reminding ourselves of the way their brains are wired. We share structures, routines, choices and resources to empower students to read with understanding and write in meaningful and powerful ways.

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Holly Wenning is a secondary instructional coach at Southwest Allen County Schools. She has also served as a secondary literacy coordinator and high school English teacher.

Ruth Ayres is the director of The Lead Learners Consortium and editor of Choice Literacy. She has been a seventh grade language arts teacher, high school English teacher, district writing coach and instructional coach. She writes many books and articles about teaching writers.

May 14, 2020: 9:30 – 2:45
Woodside Middle School

Contact Ruth if you are interested in hosting this training in 2020-2021.

Beginning Writing Workshop

This workshop has been a staple since the beginning of the consortium. Updated for today’s educators needs! Meet in a traditional workshop setting for the initial training, and see a live demo. Part 2 is a self-paced web-based course. Follow-up emails from Ruth are part of this course.

2019-2020 Dates: Nov. 4, 2019

Contact Ruth if you are interested in hosting this training. We’ll work with you to set the date.

Beginning Reading Workshop

We’ve tailored this workshop give a brief overview of the essential components in Part 1. Part 2 is an online self-paced course. Instructor support is available through email or video conferring. Special acknowledgements are noted for K-5 needs.

2019-2020 Dates TBD

Contact Ruth if you are interested in hosting this training. We’ll work with you to set the date.

Getting Started with Number Talks

Patti Newman and Lori Hochstetler have designed a training to provide the importance of number talks and everything you need to get started. Observe, reflect and debrief on live demos of number talks in every grade, K-5.

2019-2020 Dates: Oct. 30, 2019 and Nov. 6, 2019

Patti and Lori set dates each year.

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