Workshops & Training

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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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.
  • Workshop recordings will be available to registrants if you are not able to attend the live event.
  • Certificates of attendance will be provided only to those who attend the live event.

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.

Project Read Teacher Training Courses

"Sentence Structure" and "Paragraph Writing"

IDA Ontario frequently partners with Language Circle Enterprises to offer TWO online webinar/training Project Read Framing Your ThoughtsTM courses .   


Course 1: Sentence Structure - This programme uses unique graphic symbols to develop sentence knowledge and editing skills.



Course 2: Paragraph Writing   - This programme transfers knowledge of sentence structure to paragraph development for both informational and narrative text.



Framing Your ThoughtsTM sequential and multisensory program is part of the Project Read® curriculum, a research-based language arts program which includes instructional materials for phonics, reading comprehension and writing.

The Sentence Structure course is approximately 6 hours; the Paragraph Writing course is approximately 4 hours.  You will have access to the course(s) for two weeks of your choice with a start date anytime during the viewing period.  You must order the required course materials in advance, directly from Language Circle Enterprises, allowing enough time for delivery from the U.S.

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