Become an OnSite Trainer

Beginning June 2017, The Jane Schaffer Writing Program® (JSWP) will conduct annual summer institutes designed to train selected teachers to become OnSite Trainers for their campuses and/or districts. Dr. Deborah E. Louis, owner of the JSWP, and her national trainers will conduct three-day workshops in each of the four modes of discourse. This program focuses on empowering district coaches, deans, and master teachers with the cognitive and implementation process of the "official" JSWP methodology. Qualified participants will be trained to deliver meaningful, accurate, and scaffolded JSWP skills and concepts to their district’s or campus’s faculty.

How To Become an OnSite Trainer


  • Unparalleled Professional Development
    • Official "OnSite Trainer" certification
    • Confidence in knowledge and implementation
    • 90-minute Administrator's Orientation webinar
    • Monthly live Q&A webinar with Dr. Louis
  • Cutting-Edge Research and Insight
    • Industry trends
    • Resources
    • Best practices through newsletters, online courses, webcasts, blogs, and much more
  • Extensive Tools and Resources
    • Official JSWP PowerPoint® slide presentations
    • Access to digital versions of teachers' guides, graphic organizers, and more
    • Templates
    • Pacing plans
    • Product updates
  • Cost Savings for Members of the Program
    • 20% Discount on “Teacher Guides” and “Student Consumables”
    • 10% Discount on Job-Embedded Training (JET), MockX®, and other professional development workshops offered by JSWP (See current offerings.)
    • 10% Discount on JSWP Products (online student courses, apps, posters, literary guides, t-shirts, pen packs)
  • Networking Opportunities and OnSite Trainer Forum
    • Ideas
    • Knowledge sharing
    • Best practices


  • Pre-Work: Complete an application, a self-assessment, and a school profile.
  • Homework: You may find it necessary to do some preparation for your skills practice outside of the classroom.
  • Supplemental Resources: This program includes tools and templates to help you apply what you learn.
  • OnSite Trainer Certification:The OnSite Trainer may only provide instruction on the site that pays the site license. If a district pays the site license, the OnSite Trainer may train on any and all campuses. If a campus pays the site license, the OnSite Trainer may only train on that campus.
    • OnSite Trainers' Responsibilities

    • Train teachers of district or campus in the mode of discourse in which the trainer is certified (e.g., if an OnSite Trainer is certified in only one mode, that is the only mode s/he may present;
    • Guide and facilitate teachers in a continuous cycle of learning throughout the school year;
    • Act as a liaison between the school administrator and JSWP;
    • Submit questions and concerns to Dr. Louis as they arise;
    • Provide teachers with updates on new JSWP products, both digital and analog products;
    • Order training materials through Louis Educational Concepts, LLC (e.g., Teacher's Guides with pens and graphic organizers, sign-in sheets, certificates of completion).
    • Provide LEC with sign-in sheets in order to retrieve official certificates of completion
        OnSite Trainers MAY NOT

      • Publish or digitally post material under Jane Schaffer Writing Program® trademark without the expressed written permission of Louis Educational Concepts, LLC;
      • Train teachers from other licensed or unlicensed schools or campuses as an independent contractor;
      • Appraise or discipline campus teachers in a formal or informal manner (as part of a JSWP representative - your school may include that job in your description, but it must be designated as a school-based appraisal, not JSWP);
      • Negotiate pricing for trainings between campus/district and Louis Educational Concepts, LLC and JSWP; or
      • Train, supervise, monitor, or advise other OnSite trainers.
Participants in the OnSite Trainer’s Institute must provide proof of the following qualifications:
  • Possess a Valid State Teacher’s License
  • Earned a Bachelor’s degree or above from an accredited college or university
  • Experienced three (3) or more years in an online or brick-n-mortar classroom setting
  • Currently employed by a public, private, or charter school or district
  • Trained by an official JSWP trainer in the past ten years (proof of training required)
  • Implemented the JSWP in a classroom setting (PreK-college) for a minimum of two (2) consecutive years (student samples required)

If you answered "yes" to all of the above questions, please complete an application.
For the 2017-2018 school year, applicants may become official JSWP OnSite Trainers in the following modes of discourse:
  • Response to Literature (Grades 3-12)
  • Argumentation (Grades 6-12)
  • Expository/Informational Writing Across-the-Curriculum (Grades 3-12)
  • Narrative (Grades 3-12)

JSWP provides quality training in 1-, 2-, 3-, and 4-day workshops and institutes. In order to create a continuous cycle of learning, a district might decide to kick-off its JSWP professional development with a one- or two-day training with Dr. Louis and/or her national trainers. Then, follow-up with the OnSite Trainer program for regular monitoring, coaching, mentoring, and assistance. Districts or campuses pay for 1) the training of an Onsite Trainer; and 2) a three-year gradual release of responsibility fee.

  • OnSite Trainer Fees
    • One-time 2-year certification for each module
      • Close Reading and Text Analysis (June 26-28, 2017) - $999 (Deadline: May 26, 2017)
      • Expository/Informational Writing Across-the-Curriculum (September 25-27, 2017) - $999 (Deadline: August 25, 2017)
      • Argumentation (January 29-31, 2018) - $999 (Deadline: December 31, 2017)
      • Narrative (April 30 - May 2, 2018) - $999 (Deadline: March 30, 2018)
      • Bundle Price - $3,500 (for participants who register for all four modes in a given series)
    • Annual renewal after two-year certification
      • $499 per module
      • One-day refresher course per module

Billing Options: Since the four-part series occurs over a two-year budget cycle (2016-17; 2017-18), we are happy to separate the $3,500 price into two separate invoices. For example, if you would like a teacher to register for the entire series, we can invoice the $999 for this summer's training to be included in your 2016-17 school year budget. Then, we can post-date an invoice for the remainder of the price of $2,501 plus the district fee to correlate with your 2017-18 budget cycle. You could then still receive the $496 discount.

District/Campus Fee (This fee applies whether you have one or ten OnSite Trainers):

From Dr. Louis: What I envision with the Train-the-Trainer model is that a campus or district may choose an OnSite Trainer to provide training as well as follow-up coaching and mentoring within a district. Once an OnSite trainer begins the process of attending the institutes, s/he has access to me 24/7, learning how best to

  1. present all modes of JSWP to your faculty,
  2. field questions as they arise in all content areas,
  3. discuss situations and best practices with me, my trainers, and other OnSite Trainers, and
  4. access updates as we continue to digitize the program and revise the guides.

The annual fee over three years decreases each year, representing a gradual release of responsibility on my part as the OnSite Trainer gains confidence and expertise with practice and mentoring. Certainly, even after three years, when the campus or district no longer pays a fee, an OnSite Trainer may contact me at any time with questions. However, the three-year fee assures the OnSite Trainer and his/her district/campus that I provide a continuous cycle of learning, devoted to helping OnSite Trainers become highly qualified and most effective.

Change is a big part of education. I want to make sure that no matter what the nation, state, or district asks the students to do, with regard to their reading and writing skills, I am accessible to districts/campuses to provide sound advice to the OnSite Trainer. After 25 years, there are few questions I haven’t heard and few tests in which I haven’t been privy.

Becoming an expert in JSWP takes time – differentiation techniques, adult learning techniques, adaptive techniques. I want to give you that time to build your confidence. I also want you to give me the time to assure that the program is being implemented as Jane and I intend and in a manner that yields high quality professional development and, ultimately, students with increased academic and culturaly literacy skills and scores.

District or campus will designate the beginning and ending date of the annual fee, based on fiscal year: July 1 – June 30 or September 1 – August 31. Three-year fee based on student enrollment of your school or district (K-12)*

Students Enrolled Year 1 Year 2 Year 3
fewer than 105 $1,000 $750 $500
105 - 220 $1,500 $1,000 $750
221 - 479 $2,500 $2,000 $1,500
480 - 1,099 $3,000 $2,500 $2,000
1,100 - 2,149 $5,000 $3,000 $2,500
2,150 - 10,000 $7,000 $5,000 $3,000
10,001 - 20,000 $10,000 $7,500 $5,000
20,001 - 50,000 $15,000 $10,000 $7,500
50,001 - 100,000 $20,000 $15,000 $10,000
101,000 - 500,000 $25,000 $20,000 $15,000

*Districts or campuses, please online register your OnSite Trainer Candidates and submit a Purchase Order for the amount related to your student enrollment. Submit the P.O. to Louis Educational Concepts, LLC., 400 South Zang Blvd., Ste. 1425, Dallas, Texas 75208. Fax: 214.946.3385