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Balanced Literacy to Support Readers and Writers in International Schools

  • 17 October 2019
  • 08:30
  • 18 October 2019
  • 16:00
  • International School of Kenya

This literacy institute will guide participants as they explore the complexities of building a strong balanced literacy program, highlighting the essential components of reading and writing workshop. They will discover the power of using a workshop model to engage learners in the joy of reading deeply and writing passionately.


KEY AUDIENCE: Teachers, Teacher Teams, Teacher Leaders, Coaches, Instructional Leaders

This institute is focused on:

  • Developing and sustaining balanced literacy practices in international schools.
  • Developing an understanding of the essential components of a balanced literacy program.
  • Developing an understanding of the underlying principles of reading and writing workshop and how they support student engagement and achievement.
  • Learning practical strategies to meet the unique needs of a diverse community of learners.
  • Designing a plan to apply new learning to learners own unique school/classroom setting.


 Membership  Full Affiliate  Individual 
 Early-Bird Rate  US$ 415  US$ 435  US$ 435
 Full Registration  US$ 435  US$ 460  US$ 460

Early-bird Deadline: 18th August 2019

Cancellation Date: 16th September 2019


Amber Birch Trujillo is a teacher, learning coach, and consultant who is passionate about putting young learners at the heart of education. She has extensive experience embracing the principles of Reading and Writing Workshop philosophy and applying these principles to the unique and varied contexts within international schools. Amber has led teachers in the writing of beliefs based and standards aligned units of study and the development of reading, writing and language rubrics and continuums. She has a deep understanding of the complexities of working within diverse linguistic and dual-language settings and has experience helping schools develop workshop practices within host country literacy programs. Amber currently works as a student-centered learning coach at the International School Nido de Aguilas.

Colleen Ackford has worked as an IB classroom teacher, curriculum developer, reading specialist, literacy intervention teacher and learning coach in Canada, Japan, Thailand, and Australia. Colleen has extensive experience working alongside teachers to establish inquiry-rich reading and writing workshops in which learners take ownership of their reading and writing lives, express curiosity, and grow their thinking with peers. Colleen has guided teaching teams with developing standards-aligned units of study, progressions of learning, and authentic assessment. She is passionate about student-centered coaching, and has experience with building and developing a coaching program and supporting individual coaches as they grow their practice. Currently, Colleen is a Learning Coach at Nido de Aguilas in Santiago, Chile. 




The International School of Kenya
Kirawa Road, Off Peponi Road, Kitusuru
Nairobi, Kenya 

Visa and Health
Visitors to Kenya require a visa unless they come from one of the visa exempt countries. Exempt countries include all those travelling with a passport from an East African Country. For other exempt countries see the new Kenyan Government eVisa website where you can also apply for an entry visa.

A visa MUST be obtained prior to travel. Visa cost US$51

All visitors must hold a passport valid for 6 months.


Trademark Hotel

Physical Address: Village Market, Gigiri  Nairobi
Phone No: +254 (20) 725 000/ +254  732 186 000
Single Occupancy Rate (Bed & Breakfast): US$ 135
Single Occupancy Rate (Bed Only): US$ 116

Reference: International School of Kenya

Hob House

Physical Address: Kinanda Road, Off ISK Back Road, Kitisuru, Nairobi.
Phone No: +254 717 533 860 | +254 712 922 098
Single Occupancy Rate (Bed & Breakfast): US$ 100 - 120
Booking: Make your reservation here

Airport Transfers

  • Send the Trademark Hotel your arrival/departure details to arrange for your transfers - Approximately US$ 60 per way.
  • Uber is available in Kenya and you can book for your transfers on arrival through the mobile App.
  • Registered taxis are also available at the airport.

Hotel – School Transport

The Host School will provide a shuttle to pick participants from the Trademark Hotel in the morning and provide a return trip in the evening. Hob House is a few minutes' walk to ISK and you can also get a taxi to drop you off.

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