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For just about any educator who has been in the field at least a few years, he or she has probably experienced a professional development workshop that was uninformative or difficult to understand, tangential to everyday practice, and/or simply boring. Knowing that educators are busy and should expect high quality professional development experiences, HELPS Program Trainers work hard to ensure that all HELPS workshops are (a) informative and clearly presented; (b) responsive to, and welcoming of, educators’ questions and concerns; (c) useful for educators’ day-to-day professional practice; and (d) engaging and enjoyable.


For those interested in knowing what to expect from a HELPS Program workshop,1 we present some information below that suggests HELPS Program workshops are of high-quality, useful to educators, and enjoyable to attend. Because the information below only summarizes a few years of HELPS workshops, we are happy to answer questions about our workshops. If you have questions, please contact us.

HELPS workshops presented at schools and for school districts

Some representative educator comments:

1. Very nice job. One of the best inservices I’ve ever had.

2. Liked the opportunity to practice and discuss proper implementation with colleagues.

3. I like the scripts and flow chart. It seems those tools will aid with fidelity of implementation.

4. I’m interested in implementation within our county as a RTI Tier 3 intervention for fluency.

5. Love the small, informal kind of setting.

6. Extremely grateful for this presentation – eager to get started with the program.

7. I like the fact that the program is really organized and not just bringing kids in and making them read.

8. The HELPS coaches who assisted during the presentation were very helpful.

9. The HELPS Program seems it will fit the need of my school and hopefully I can get others on board.

10. I liked that it was a multimedia presentation, the pacing was good, and the workshop allowed for discussion.

11. Great presentation and presenter.

12. Overall, this was an effective workshop.


HELPS workshops presented at conferences of professional organizations

Some representative educator comments:

  • 1. Awesome presentation and program. Can be used across all grade levels. Really encouraged by the research data.
  • 2. Excellent presenter; very knowledgeable and very good instructor.
  • 3. Very practical program and love the fact that it can be downloaded for free.
  • 4. Worth the wait! Presenter was charismatic, clear, easy to understand, and showed videos which were very helpful.
  • 5. Presentation was fantastic and thorough! I can’t wait to bring this program back to my school!
  • 6. This is the best speaker I heard at the conference. Outstanding presentation and program.
  • 7. Thanks to Dr. Begeny for putting this program together – my work in a large urban district needs this program!
  • 8. I really liked that no matter what the presenter was explaining to us, he always kept the focus on what is best for kids.
  • 9. My best workshop yet for elementary-level practitioner – thank you! Super state presence and enthusiasm.
  • 10. The speaker was interesting, humorous, and it was easy to focus/attend to the workshop.
  • 11. Great enthusiasm and commitment to improving reading skills. I liked knowing how it could be used within a RTI model.
  • 12. I like the fact that the HELPS Program includes a “retell piece” as well as reading with expression. I have found that some schools who have adopted other programs get too caught up in speed instead of the meaning.

  • Summary of educators’ post-workshop impressions after first two years of workshops

  • At the end of each workshop, attendees are asked to respond to the following six questions on a 5-point scale, where 1=Strongly Disagree, 3=Agree, and 5-Strongly Agree. Average responses and standard deviations are next to each respective item.


Item Average Response Standard Deviation
1. Presenter presented the material clearly and made it easy to understand 4.6 0.6

2. I learned something valuable about reading instruction today

4.3 0.8
3. HELPS seems like a useful was to improve students' reading development 4.6 0.6

4. I want to continue learning how to use HELPS

4.5 0.7

5. I will recommend HELPS to other educators

4.4 0.7

6. After learning about The Helps Education Fund, I feel like it's a useful way to assist schools, teachers, and students

4.6 0.6


1 At the present time, the information on this page only reflects workshops hosted by John Begeny and his co-presenters. We have learned anecdotally that other HELPS Certified Trainers receive similar feedback from their workshops, but we are currently working to aggregate workshop data from other certified trainers.

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