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Literacy Consulting

Amy's Travels 

We help urban elementary schools achieve reading success.

Kathryn travels throughout the nation to share her passion for literacy in urban elementary schools. She adds her unique techniques and successful strategies to your school's program.  She collaborates with parents, teachers and administration in all aspects of reading and writing.   In addition, she teaches and models lessons in the classroom setting for teachers to observe her work.  Kathryn is available for trainings, presentations, workshops, or coaching sessions in your school, district, organization, or conference.  Fees may vary.  Contact us for further information to support your educational needs.

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School Presentations for Teachers

"Teaching with Trade Books"
(1 hour presentation, $150.00 + travel fees)
* Connections to Common Store Standards

Kathryn Starke provided teachers with an overview of wonderful trade books and activities that correlated with the standards.  She showed teachers how to use these books across the curriculum to tie in all subjects and make learning fun for the students.
- Spencer Cross, Title I Reading Teacher, Sheffield Elementary School, Lynchburg, Virginia

How can a second grade teacher fully explain the concept of matter to a student who reads on a kindergarten level but is expected to pass assessments and read materials at a third grade level?  This program gives classroom teachers a variety of popular children's books that can be used in small group and whole group settings to teach a particular objective.  Amy's Travels by Kathryn Starke is one of the selected books.
- 2009 and 2012 Virginia State Reading Association Conference

Very personable presenter.  Kathryn is knowledgeable about her field.  I had a teacher say she wanted a "trade book" for a particular lesson and I was unsure exactly what she meant.  Thank you for explaining what "trade books" are to me.
- "Teaching with Trade Books" Presentation, VEMA Conference, Roanoke, VA

"Motivating Struggling Readers into Independent Readers"
(1 hour presentation + classroom instruction, $200.00 + travel fees)

This program gives educators creative and engaging activities, lessons and hands-on learning materials that will motivate struggling readers to become independent readers.  Having worked in urban schools for a decade, Kathryn Starke shares the ideas she uses every day with her own students.  Following the presentation, she will plan with teachers and give lessons and ideas to meet individual instructional needs that correlate with their curriculum and students' learning styles.  If available, Miss Starke will spend time in the classrooms during language arts instruction to model lessons or work in small group settings with struggling readers using her strategies.

The highlight of elementary school was your class; we had so much fun!  You definitely inspired me to be an avid reader.  I read everyday.  You were a true inspiration.
- Former Student, Richmond Public Schools

Kathryn's presentation is wonderful for a range of educators from novice to advanced.  Like any good teacher she understands the importance of starting where the participants are and created a tailor-made presentation for our tutoring volunteers that made them feel empowered to think creatively about literacy.  I am confident that they will excel with their newly acquired reading strategies and, in turn, our students will succeed.
- Erin Burke Brown, VCU AmeriCorps/America Reads Program