2021 Gillis Workshop Registration

The Nuts and Bolts of Literacy Assessments: Why, How, and What

By Dr. Margie Gillis
August 9-12, 2021 @ 9a.m.-noon

This four 1/2 day, 12-hour long online course (3h/day) will use McKenna and Stahl’s Cognitive Model of Reading Assessment as a framework for how to implement a tiered literacy assessment framework for K-3 students.  Learn how to select and implement assessment tools that can be used to identify at-risk students (screening) and guide structured literacy interventions for K-3 students (diagnostic assessment and progress monitoring).

Areas of assessment to be discussed will include phonological/phonemic awareness, word recognition, decoding and encoding (spelling), reading fluency, vocabulary and morphology, syntactic awareness, and comprehension.

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Presenter: Margie B. Gillis, Ed.D. is a Certified Academic Language Therapist, a research affiliate at Haskins Laboratories, and the president of  Literacy How, a non-profit organization that provides professional development on the Science of Reading. Margie is also the president of the Anne Fowler Foundation providing scholarships for educators. She is the co-founder of Smart Kids with LD, the former president of ConnBIDA, a board member of the Academic Language Therapy Association, Dyslexia Society of CT, and New Alliance Foundation, and a professional advisor for Understood, ReadWorks, and the International Foundation for Effective Reading Instruction.


Part 1 “Early screening: identifying students at-risk”
Aug 9 & 10, 2021 @ 9 a.m. - noon (6 hrs)

    Workshop participants will learn why it is important and how to identify students who are at-risk for reading difficulties, and how to use the screening data to determine what additional (i.e., diagnostic) assessment data is needed.

Part 2 Implementing diagnostic assessments to drive intervention for at-risk students”
Aug 11 & 12, 2021
@ 9 a.m. - noon (6 hrs)

    Workshop participants will learn what the diagnostic data tell us about students’ reading skills and how that information can be used to make instructional decisions. Participants will also learn how to monitor students’ progress in the ‘tier(s)’ of literacy instruction that they receive.


  • We recommend that participants attend both parts of the workshop but it is possible to register for Part 1 only. Part 1 is a prerequisite for Part 2.
  • We also strongly recommend that participants watch Dr. Gillis's free webinar (April 14, 2021) Using Assessments to Drive Literacy Instruction as a prerequisite for this course.
  • Certificates of attendance will be provided only to those who attend the live event.

Registration Options

Please select one of the options below to register as an individual.  Email pr@idaontario.com to enquire about group registrations or payment by invoice.

Live Workshop

Registration to the live event, which will involve some interactive (breakout room) activities, is limited and is available to Canadian participants only.

Access to the Workshop Recordings

The presentation will be recorded and available within a few days of the workshop.