Shari Jensen is a reading interventionist, consultant, founder of Creatively Breaking Free and co-founder of Confident Kids Academy. As the instructional coordinator at the Vanderbilt Reading Clinic, Shari taught over 100 tutors to provide reading interventions to struggling readers. Over the past 30 years and various roles, Shari has discovered many effective, creative solutions so that every minute spent on instruction is the most efficient use of time for both parent and child. Her expertise in parenting 3 atypical, rambunctious boys has given her first-hand experience with setting up home systems to help parents navigate ADHD and Sensory Processing Disorder.

With her education background, Rosemary Gin has used intensive phonics to teach reading as a primary school teacher, as well as, to her own children while living abroad in Nepal.  She loves to build confidence and help dyslexia students work towards their potential as an Orton Gillingham dyslexia interventionist.  She is also the con-founder of The Confident Kids Reading Academy.  Hobbies:  baking, gardening, and mountain biking.




SESSION:Fun Tools and Strategies That Engage All Readers and Writers

Lessons come alive with these tried-and-true methods that Reading Specialists, Rosemary Gin and Shari Jensen have been using for years. Learn how magnetic letters make experimenting with words fun for beginner readers all the way up to reluctant middle schoolers. Coax kids into taking risks with writing using scented markers, gel pens, and dry erase markers. Replace worksheets with active, multisensory techniques that help beginner readers grow. Learn a fun and easy way to reinforce sight words and celebrate growth every day! Lastly, see how sentence ladders get beginning writers excited about writing and teach more experienced writers paragraph organization.