Teacher Workshops

Susie Wilde offers a range of reading-writing professional development opportunities for K-8 professionals supporting them in meeting curriculum goals such as differentiation, Balanced Framework for Literacy, the reading-writing connection, student-centered learning. At the same time they provide a relaxed and restorative environment full of discussion and opportunities to share ideas. Each workshop introduces:new children’s books for classroom use,unique techniques you can use immediately and strategies to excite and engage students.  Within each workshop participants develop a collaborative resource that captures the experience and collective wisdom of the participants, and there will be free books for all attendees. Find examples below:

Longer Workshops

  • 10 hour / 1 credit CEU
  • approximately $100/participant

Teachers opening books


Reading Methods to Encourage Courage, Good Judgment, Integrity, and Kindness

How do you make character education meaningful for children? This class focuses on picture book heroes who model behaviors and changes in courage, good judgment, integrity and kindness. These recent picture books become departure points for discussion, evaluation and strategies for sharing them with children.

Reading Methods to Support Imaginative Narrative Writing

This class provides step-by-step, hands-on experience with picture books to examine ways to develop meaningful characters, strong motivations, compelling conflicts, and satisfying resolutions.

Susie giving presentationPlayful Methods of Reading Analysis

How do you get children beyond their typical description: “it was a good book?” Current picture books for all ages can help. Book reviewer Susie Wilde will spend the pre-class month collecting envelopes and boxes of books that come daily to her home. These will serve as a focus as the instructor  models intriguing methods to engage students. The class includes student-centered rubrics and resources.

Methods of Early Reading and Writing

How do you teach young children to read, write and understand the connection between reading and writing? Playful, interactive methods help teachers examine different facets of reading.

Reading Methods Reach Across Curriculum

Start with a pile of current fiction and nonfiction books. Organize teachers in teams of “specialists” to examine and evaluate these books in terms of art, social studies, science, language arts curriculum. Together these teams will develop a useful bibliography that crosses the curriculum.