Since 1997 Dr. King has worked with 15-20 communities per year in varying capacities, from program support for one student all the way up to full systemic reform in a school district.
All work is based on the Vygotskian scaffolding model. She seeks the optimum range of difficulty which motivates, but does not frustrate, students and teachers as they learn. What makes Dr. King unique in the field of professional development is her knowledge of research based instructional techniques balanced with her knowledge of human development.
Examples of ways she has served school communities are:
- Serving as resident expert for DOE reform efforts such as Reading Excellence, Bay State Readers, Reading First, Secondary School Reading Grants, Literary Partnerships
- Providing guidance for alignment of reading services within and across grades PreK-12 following the Response to Intervention model
- Training teachers to use Curriculum Based Measurement (CBM)
- Designing grade based, year long plans for assessments that inform instruction
- Designing workshops around system, school or grade needs
- Demonstrating Best Practices in classrooms, in small groups and with individual students
- Observing teachers while teaching and providing suggestions for alternative methods
- Helping schools create leveled book collections for guided reading
- Training special educators in diagnostic reading assessment, particularly specific learning disabilities
- Reviewing diagnostic reading reports
- Designing Individualized Educational Plans (IEPs) for students in special education who have not made adequate progress in literacy