Currently, Shari is the director of the Literacy Partners Project, a collaboration between National-Louis University and the Chicago Public Schools. In this role, she works directly with teachers and children in classrooms to support the improvement of literacy instruction. She also supports and provides professional development for the literacy coaches in this project.
Emmet School. Developing Fluent Readers in the Primary Grades. March 9, 2005.
Dawes School. Vocabulary staff development. 2004-2005.
Rochelle Lee Fund. The Balanced Reading Program. September 15, 2004.
Rochelle Lee Fund. The Balanced Writing Program. September 22, 2004.
In2Books, Washington, D.C., Professional Development Video Series, July-August, 2004
Washington DC Public Schools Literacy Coaches, Washington DC. Effective Vocabulary Instruction. May 11, 2004.
Cardenas School, Chicago, IL. Making Literacy Centers Work in Your Classroom. April 3, 2004.
In2Books, Washington DC, Reading and Writing Folktales. March 9, 10, 11, 2004.
Timber Ridge School, Evanston, IL. Motivating Reluctant Writers. February 13, 2004.
University of Illinois at Chicago GATE program: Writing Workshop. February 4 & 11, 2004.
Schaumburg School District 54. Word Study for Beginning Readers. November 10, 2003
Reading First training, August, 2003
Reading Excellence Act, Children’s Literature Summer Institute, Developing and Managing Your Classroom Library, July 2003.
Ravenswood School. Writing Development in Young Children and How to Support it. May 16, 2003.
Franklin School, Park Ridge, IL. Reading in the Writing Process, April 17, 2003.
Roseland Christian Academy. Building Background Knowledge and Vocabulary Development. April 11, 2003.
Ravenswood School. Using Nonfiction Literature in the Primary Grades. March 26, 2003.
Reading Excellence Act Staff Development, Clemente High School. Strategies for Improving Reading Comprehension. April 12, 13, 2003.
Arai Middle School. Nonfiction Matters. April 13, 2003.
Zapata School, Using Nonfiction Literature in the Primary Grades. February 20, 2003.
Hibbard School, Comprehension Strategies for Elementary Classrooms, January, 2003
Reading Excellence Act Staff Development Program, University of Illinois at Chicago, The Balanced Writing Program in Primary Classrooms. January,2003
Arai School, Content Area Reading, October, 2002
Reading Excellence Act Summer Institute, University of Illinois at Chicago, August, 2002
Northern Illinois Reading Recovery Consortium Summer Literacy Workshop, Using Children’s Literature in the Classroom, August, 2002
Summer Institute in Early Literacy, Chicago Area Writing Project, Roosevelt University, July, 2002
Chicago Teaching Fellows, Literacy Instructor, Chicago Public Schools, June-July 2002