Tools for Teachers

Downloads, Classroom Materials, PD Info, and More!

Tools for Educators and Leaders

Free Downloads

Dozens of Free Downloads

Ready to try a shift in your classroom? Use these free downloads to implement (TOMORROW!) the teaching routines that Jan and Kari recommend in each shift. They created these Goodies to make shifting literacy instruction to more brain-friendly practices easier for busy educators like you. Both the K-2 and 3-5 downloads are available for you.

Online Classes

Shifting the Balance: The Online Classes

Want to take the ideas in our books even deeper and dig into the nuts and bolts of classroom application? BOTH Shifting the Balance classes (K-2 and 3-5) are asynchronous, flexible, and designed to help busy literacy educators make learning to read easier for children. There’s also a Sight Word Success Mini-Course designed to support your high-frequency word instruction.

Blog Posts

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Catch up on all of the blog posts from Jan and Kari since they founded the “The Six Shifts” together to help you make learning to read easier for students. Want to be the first to find out what’s new at The Six Shifts?? Sign up for our Newsletter to receive updates about current blog posts, class dates, live events, new resources, access to exclusive list-only tools, and more!

Shifting the Balance Books

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You can purchase both Shifting the Balance books from our publisher, Routledge, which offers international shipping and group discounts.

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Sight Word Success Classroom Materials

SWS Classroom Materials

Want to teach high-frequency words and have children learn them quickly (and make them stick)? The Sight Word Success Classroom Materials provide both the teaching supports (including assessment materials) AND the instructional tools necessary to implement the learning from Shift 4 of the K-2 book (Revising High-Frequency Word Instruction).

Teachers have access to these materials for 5 full years.


Customized Version of the Online Classes

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Want to tailor our online classes for your group? We offer customized versions of both classes so that you can build a professional development plan to meet the needs of your team on their schedule. Watch this video to learn about the benefits of the custom class.

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Book Study

Free Book Study Resources

Interested in supporting a book study of one or both of the StB books? From videos to podcasts to a study guide, you can access a collection of free Book Study resources to support your group.

Professional Development Menu

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Looking for engaging and flexible professional development options? You can download this PDF that describes our full menu of PD offerings.

Beyond the Book

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Curious about ideas that aren’t included in the Shifting the Balance books? Just like you, Jan and Kari’s understandings continue to expand. Read more on this page.

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K-2 (The First Six Shifts)

3-5 (The Next Six Shifts)

Curious to learn what “The Shifts” actually are? You and/or your staff can get an introduction through the Shifting the Balance Podcasts.


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Curious about what other teachers are saying about The Six Shifts? Check out these testimonials about the online classes, the books, and the SWS Classroom Materials!