This summer our focus is on providing educators tools for helping their students with syntax. Margie Gillis and Nancy Eberhart’s Syntax: Knowledge to Practice will be our source.

About the Book Study 

Our enthusiastic facilitators will dig in on how to teach syntax. Facilitators will lead in-depth discussions of the key facets of understanding sentences as highlighted in this book. Conversations and small group application of exercises and activities will be targeted by grade level to allow participants to gain a deeper understanding of the content as it relates to the students they are currently teaching. At the end of the 4-week course, participants will have practical techniques ready to use with their students. Resources discussed during the course will be compiled and made available for participants following the conclusion of the event.

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About the Text

The Literacy How Professional Learning Series translates the latest reading research into how-to instructional practices. Based on the current and comprehensive Literacy How reading model, the Series draws upon the authors’ decades of expertise and experience working with thousands of general and special education teachers. Organized for the busy educator who may be trying to find specific information, as well as for the professional seeking deeper understanding of literacy instruction and learning, the Series emphasizes Pre-K-3 conceptual and skill development. Teachers of older emerging or struggling readers will also find these tools useful.

Practical Materials: To help them apply the science of reading comprehension and design high-quality instruction, educators will practice classroom activities and review sample lesson plans that help them reflect on and strengthen their practices. The photocopiable teaching resources, including unit and lesson plan organizers, can be used again and again in the classroom. 


About Margie Gillis

Margie B. Gillis, Ed.D is a nationally recognized literacy expert and a Certified Academic Language Therapist who has been teaching children of all ages to read for over 40 years. She received her Doctorate of Education from the University of Louisville in Special Education. In 2009, Margie founded Literacy How, Inc. to provide professional development opportunities and coaching for teachers on how best to implement evidence-based reading practices in the classroom.

About Nancy Eberhardt

Nancy Chapel Eberhardt currently works with districts and schools to implement RtI systems that focus on literacy instruction and intervention. Her career in education has included roles as a special education teacher, diagnostician, mainstreaming associate, and district-level administrator. In these various capacities, Nancy has done extensive teacher training, professional development, and diagnostic assessment. Nancy has also worked as both editorial director and coauthor in the development of LANGUAGE! (Editions 2–4, a product of Cambium Learning Group), a comprehensive literacy curriculum for upper elementary, middle, and high school students with low literacy skills. Through this curriculum, Nancy’s goal has been to translate literacy research into instructional practice to help all students learn to read, spell and write.


Dates and Times

Four Thursdays this summer at 7:00 – 8:30:
June 20
June 27
July 11
July 18 – with special guests Margie Gillies and Nancy Eberhardt
All meetings take place virtually.

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CEU’s and Certificates

Earn ACT 48, ALTA, CERI, IMSLEC, and Wilson CEU’s.
Receive 1.5 credits for each session attended.

Due to the interactive nature of this Book Study, only the facilitators’ presentations at the beginning of each session will be recorded. Breakout sessions will not be recorded. If you’re unable to attend all sessions, you’ll still receive credit for the ones you do attend. Additionally, you can earn 1.5 credits for one missed session by viewing the recording before July 25.

Please ensure all form submissions are completed by July 25 to receive certificates.
Certificates of completion will be emailed to you by August 2.
ACT 48 hours will be submitted by August 16.


Registration and Cost

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IDA Members: $30

Non-IDA Members: $40

Student: $20

Registration Terms:
Cancellations prior to June 1st will result in a $15 processing fee.
Cancellations after June 1st will forfeit any reimbursement.

Purchasing the Text

You are responsible for purchasing your own copy of Margie Gillis and Nancy Eberhart’s Syntax: Knowledge to Practice

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