Late Summer – Fall 2020

To better meet educators’ needs and schedules
in the 2020-2021 Academic Year,
Literacy How is offering Structured Literacy
directly to schools & organizations.  

Visit our Structured Literacy Series webpage to learn more.

NEW! 5-week and 15-week Options

Fall 2020 Structured Literacy
30-hr Virtual Series

September 8 – December 19, 2020

“This is the best and most helpful PD I have had in MANY years.
 The videos were great and definitely backed up the learning points;
the visuals were helpful and will give me something I can refer to later on. 

Excellent presenter! Her humor and expertise kept me totally engaged.” 

5-weeks:  Each topic in this 30-hr course is delivered over three days/week in two-hour virtual (live ZOOM) sessions.Each session runs from 10 am-12 pm (EDT), Mondays, Wednesdays, Fridays from October 5-November 6, 2020.  CANCELLED.

15-weeks: This 30-hr course is delivered over 15 weeks with one, 2-hour virtual (live ZOOM) session/week. Participants pick one option.

Option 1: Tuesdays, 7-9 pm; Option 2: Wednesdays, 1-3 pm; Option 3: Saturdays, 10 am-12 pm (EDT)  CANCELLED.

This series developed by Dr. Margie Gillis will empower teachers with knowledge and best practices to enhance their tiered intervention or special education specialized instruction.

A Structured Literacy™ approach teaches decoding skills explicitly and systematically, ensuring that students understand the elements of language, including phonology, orthography, morphology, syntax, and semantics. It beneficial for all students and vital for those with dyslexia. All sessions are required.

Understanding and Assessing SLD/Dyslexia: The Role of Phonology in Reading  

The Alphabetic Principle and Phonics: Building on the Foundation of Phonemic Awareness  

Advanced Phonics and Morphology Instruction: Linking Sounds, Symbols, and Meaning 

Grammar and Syntax: The Building Blocks for Comprehending and Writing Sentences 

Semantics: Strengthening Vocabulary and Text Comprehension

Cost: 30-hr series is $975/person; includes all materials and three knowledge-to-practice books in the Literacy How Professional Learning Series, Phonemic Awareness and Phonics; Syntax; and Vocabulary.  

Complete Course Description: 

Download Flyer for 5-week series         Register: 5-week series

Download Flyer for 15-week series       Register: 15-week series 


Credit for infographic to: Carolyn Cowen for IDA.



View, Listen & Learn

Available 8/5, “Translating Literacy Research and Empowering Teachers with Margie Gillis, Ed.D” on The Winward Institute’s READ (Research Education Advocacy) podcast

– Comprehension: Knowledge to Practice, the fourth book in the Literacy How Professional Learning Series has arrived! Five big ideas shape our focus on reading comprehension instruction: text structure, background knowledge, text cohesion, inference, and the reading/writing connection. Each big idea emphasizes the development of students’ ability to understand text.