Lisa Keskinen

Author • Speaker • Education Consultant

As an author, speaker and education consultant, Lisa works with schools to improve literacy teaching and learning practices. Over the years, she has worked with thousands of students and teachers in Australia, America and beyond. She has a strong background in effective classroom teaching.

Lisa loves sharing stories, especially with young people. She believes that stories can strengthen empathy, connection and community. In fact, stories can change our world.

Lisa produced her own TV series, Writer’s Notebook, and co-hosted a weekly radio program, Stories, Songs and People’s Voices.

The natural next step for Lisa was to write a book, celebrating the power of storytelling. Billy Bobbarooni and the Mystery Words is that book, a middle-grade novel that weaves poems, riddles, short stories and other styles of writing throughout the narrative. It is the first book in the Billy Bobbarooni series.

Lisa is a member of the Australian Society of Authors (ASA) and is currently Vice President, Australian Literacy Educators’ Association (ALEA), Melbourne Local Council. She works with the ALEA Melbourne team to advocate ‘for a rich and coherent understanding of literacy among educators, children and their families, the media, and the community at large’.

She presents at conferences and events, entertaining and educating audiences with stories and anecdotes gathered during her long career in education.

Lisa is inspired by the strengths, creativity and potential of students and teachers everywhere. Her greatest wish is for all educators to deeply understand how authentic literacy practices strengthen connectedness and wellbeing in schools.

Books

Billy Bobbarooni and the Mystery Words
Billy Bobbarooni: Book 1

By Lisa Keskinen

‘A novel with a compelling mystery and a rich world, celebrating the power of storytelling and the spirit of community.’

Mystery, history, riddles and rhyme.
Will they crack the code or run out of time?

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  • A novel for readers 8+ years old
  • Rich vocabulary and themes
  • Fun and relatable
  • Great for reading comprehension and critical literacy discussions
  • Weaves poems, riddles, short stories and other styles of writing throughout the narrative
  • The first book in the Billy Bobbarooni series
  • 10% discount for orders of 6 or more – great for literature circles and classroom libraries

For more information or to buy now click here.

Teacher and Parent Notes

Drawing on her knowledge as a teacher and education consultant, Lisa has produced these Notes to use before, during and after reading Billy Bobbarooni and the Mystery Words.

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Designed for teachers, librarians, home-schooling communities and parents.

They include: 

  • A vocabulary list for each chapter
  • Information on themes and curriculum links
  • Discussion points with extracts from the story
  • Critical literacy questions
  • Engaging extension activities
  • Further learning reference links

For more information or to download teacher notes click here.


Lisa K Connections

Lisa works with schools to plan and deliver high quality professional development programs that meet specific literacy needs.

Lisa founded Lisa K Connections in 2003 with a vision to:

• provide high quality teacher professional development services
• inspire and encourage teachers to continually improve and develop their professional knowledge and skills
• improve the quality of teaching and learning practices in schools, therefore improving student outcomes
• model and demonstrate effective teaching and learning practices
• focus on whole school approaches to school improvement
• continually evaluate and improve the services provided
• work with joy and kindness
• enjoy the ride!

Lisa is available for single bookings for special events, interviews, conferences, curriculum days, after school workshops and parent information evenings.

Keynote Plenary & Special Presentations

Lisa will tailor a dynamic and inspiring presentation to suit your conference or event theme. She engages her audiences with inspiring stories and anecdotes gathered during her extensive travels and career in education. With the use of videos, photos and samples of student writing, Lisa brings the joys of the classroom to your conference or special event.

Whole School Improvement Services

Lisa works with schools to plan and deliver high quality professional development programs that meet specific literacy needs. For reading and writing, her ‘whole school improvement process’ is usually planned and delivered over 6-12+ months. This process usually begins with a whole staff curriculum day followed by a flexible number of consulting days. These days may include:

 

  • classroom demonstrations
  • teacher support meetings
  • teacher planning meetings
  • classroom observation and feedback sessions
  • after school professional development sessions
  • leadership meetings where Lisa provides school follow up plans and documents (such as teacher self evaluations) to ‘keep the ball rolling’ between visits
  • facilitating school ‘Walk Through Celebrations’ to ensure school goals are met and to give teachers an opportunity to see other classrooms in action
Seminars & Workshops

Lisa offers her extensive knowledge on topics including:

 

  • Reading and Writing Across the Curriculum in Secondary Schools
  • Spelling and the Reading/Writing Program
  • Speaking/Listening, Reading and Writing Connections
  • Students Write With Passion—Multigenre Writing Projects
  • The Importance of Critical Literacy in the ‘Information Age’
  • Writing as Social Practice – How Writing Changes Relationships
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Connect with Lisa

For enquiries regarding availability, services or pricing, please use the contact form provided.