Consulting Services

We believe in empowering educators with the knowledge and skills to successfully support literacy acquisition for all learners. We provide professional learning on a variety of literacy topics for both regular education and special education frameworks.

Colleen Pennell

Literacy Curriculum Consultant

Colleen Pennell, Ph.D., is an assistant professor at Carroll University in Wisconsin. She also works as a consultant supporting school districts who are in the process of adopting new curriculum. 

Tom Knutson

 Literacy Curriculum Consultant

Tom is a special education teacher and literacy coach who also works as an adjunct professor teaching literacy courses for emerging Reading Specialists.  

Consulting Services

K-12 Curriculum Audit and Evaluation

We support school districts with literacy curriculum review and the adoption of new materials and programs. This service can be tailored for a full curriculum audit or customized to one component of literacy (e.g. phonics).  We can also help you audit your special education and RTI materials and frameworks. Onsite professional learning can be paired with this service. 

Onsite Professional Learning

This service provides sustained professional learning across the school year for individual schools or districts. We focus on your needs but suggest ongoing learning that centers around specific areas of literacy such as:

Foundational Skills: Alphabetic Principle, Phonemic Awareness and Phonics
Dyslexia or Word Level Reading Difficulties
Comprehension Insruction
Vocabulary Acquisition 
Literacy Assessment
Classroom Discourse and Dialogic Talk
Writing to Learn
Teaching Writing
Foundational Skills: A Refresher Course
Literacy Coaching for Special Education Teachers
Onboarding new teachers

Literacy Coaching

We enjoy working side by side with educators and supporting high-quality learning and instruction. Hands-on demonstrations, application, and collaborative analysis of student work are all part of our literacy coaching approach.

Virtual and Hybrid Options

We can create customized synchronous or asynchronous professional learning options for you.  Webinars, virtual learning days, or a combination of both can be incorporated into this service.