Jennifer Partrick


Jennifer is a motivational speaker who shares her love of learning and teaching with educators. When speaking with educators, she mixes research and education theory with drama, humor, and anecdotes in order to inspire and motivate educators.

Jennifer is a gifted reading teacher and has been referred to as the “Reading Whisperer”. She shows teachers how to effectively embrace and teach reading: calling words, comprehension, interaction with text, and appreciation of language techniques that authors use to move readers, so that all students embrace reading. In addition, Jennifer shares how to incorporate writing with reading in order to develop better readers and writers.

Jennifer is a talented classroom teacher who teaches The Learning-Focused Instructional Framework which results in dynamic classroom instruction. She models how to create engaging lessons using techniques that allow for information processing, student interaction, and deep thinking. She also models teaching in any classroom whenever she is invited. When teaching in the classroom, Jennifer uses a variety of strategies that allow students to be immersed in the lesson.

Jennifer has shared her educational expertise with educators in over 16 states, presented at numerous conferences, and works with students of all ages. She presents many of the Learning-Focused Workshops to school systems all over the country.

Jennifer holds a Master’s degree in Reading with undergraduate degrees in both the Maria Montessori Method and Theater Education.

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  • May, 2007 MS, Elementary Reading and Literature, Walden University
  • December, 1994 BS, Theater Arts Education, University of North Carolina at Greensboro
  • June, 1974 Diploma, Maria Montessori Institute, London, England


Professional Experience

  • 1974-1980 Directed, Teacher and Owner of Montessori School in Bridgetown, Barbados
  • 1986-1989 Lead Teacher, Guildford Park Pre-School
  • 1993-1996 Substitute Teacher, Guilford County Schools
  • 1996-1997 Interim Teacher, 6th grade, Kiser Middle School, Guilford County, NC
  • 1996-1999 Drama Teacher, David D. Jones Elementary, Guilford County, NC
  • 1998-2001 Resident Drama Director, Blanche Ravanel School of Performing Arts, NC
  • 199-2004 Curriculum Facilitator, David D. Jones Elementary School, Guilford County, NC
  • 2005-2007 Curriculum Facilitator, Leakesville-Spray Elementary, NC
  • 2004-Current Consultant for LEARNING-FOCUSED
  • 2015-Current President of Literacy-Success


Curriculum Development Experience

  • 1999-2004 Created and implemented Reading Model at David D. Jones Elementary
  • 1999-2004 Created quarterly assessments for 2nd grade students at David D. Jones Elementary
  • 2000-2002 Reading and Writing Development in North Carolina Schools
  • 2003-2006 Facilitator of Schools Attuned program for All Kinds of Minds. Instruction on teaching using brain theory
  • 2004 Authored Learning to Read; a comprehensive reading model
  • 2004 Authored Leveled readers for Balanced Literacy
  • 2005-2009 Curriculum Mapping: Florida, Pennsylvania, Delaware


Honors and Awards

  • 2002 David D. Jones awarded a Closing the Gap Award from the Secretary of Education in Washington DC. Students’ proficiency was 98.7%. Students were taught to read using the Learning to Read model.


Professional Presentations

  • 2003, Zap the Gap, National Education Conference, Washington DC
  • 2006, Raising Achievement, ASCD, Pinehurst, NC
  • 2011, LEAD Conference, TN
  • 2011, School Improvement, Austin, TX
  • 2015, Charter School Conference, Ohio
  • 2016, Charter School Conference, Asheville, NC
  • 2004-Current: Learning-Focused
    • Curriculum Mapping
    • Lesson Planning
    • Higher Order Thinking
    • Vocabulary Instruction
    • Comprehension Strategies
    • Writing Workshop
    • Learning to Read
    • Monitoring for Achievement
    • Coaching
    • Acceleration
    • Differentiation
    • Conferencing
    • Effective Assignments and Assignments
    • Flexible Grouping
    • Balanced Literacy
    • Walkthroughs

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  1. Learning to Read

Newsletter Articles

All Articles are linked to Learning-Focused PLCIf you are not a member of Learning-Focused PLC click here to learn more.

  1. Meeting the Challenge of Common Core Standards
  2. The Power of Purpose
  3. How Can Feedback Support Student Growth?
  4. New Strategies to Make Learning More Engaging
  5. Creating the Right Climate for your School
  6. What Motivates Us to Teach?
  7. Acceleration is Critical to Instruction
  8. How Can I Be a Better Coach?
  9. How to Actively Involve your Students During Instruction?
  10. Learning-Focused: A Longtime Leader in What Works
  11. Alternatives to Round Robin Reading
  12. Restructuring Instruction through Differentiation
  13. How can we Motivate Unmotivated Students?
  14. Designing Literacy Lessons
  15. How do I Create Learning Stations?
  16. Making the Most of Team Meetings
  17. How Do I Motivate My Students?
  18. Getting Ready for Back to School
  19. Nonlinguistic Representations
  20. Be Specific When Speaking about Areas Where Students Fail
  21. Our Students Have the Best Scores in the School/District.”
  22. 7 Principles for Teachers
  23. How Do I Summarize a Multi-Day Lesson?
  24. It is Time to Take Stock
  25. The Impact of Accent on Language
  26. Phonemic Awareness and Learning to Read
  27. Readers Theater
  28. Building Fluency
  29. The Power of Feedback
  30. Don’t Skip Phonemic Awareness
  31. Creating Questions
  32. What Are Context Clues?
  33. Tell It! Don’t Always Read It!
  34. The Essence of Reading Comprehension Strategies
  35. What is the Point of Flexible Groups?
  36. The Building Blocks of Reading
  37. Helping Our Children Learn to Read
  38. Using a Modified Jigsaw for Reading
  39. Connecting Classroom Structures
  40. Making Thinking Visible
  41. Formative Assessment
  42. The Power of Graphic Organizers


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