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Syntax: The Bridge From Fluent Word Reading to Text Comprehension (K-5)

Date: October 18, 2016
Time: 8:30am-3:30pm

Reading text fluently requires the student to read words accurately, automatically and with prosody—that is, with intonation and phrasing. As students learn to break sentences into meaningful units (i.e., phrases and clauses), they will read with greater fluency and improve their reading comprehension. Workshop participants will learn why syntax matters and will gain insight into how to explicitly teach their students about the role and function of words in phrases, clauses, and sentences. Participants will understand how this syntactic knowledge will lead to improvement in reading comprehension by learning how to support students’ understanding of and ability to create a variety of sentence structures.

Learning Outcomes:
Participants will:
• Understand the relationships among syntactic awareness, reading fluency and reading comprehension
• Understand the difference between grammar and syntax
• Learn some principles and activities to support students’ understanding of grammar and syntax

Important Information:

$185. $165 if two or more attend from the same school or school district. Includes: light breakfast, break refreshments, and lunch. Payment is made to The Reading Institute.

7 Professional Development Points

Handouts provided.

Register Early - Limited Enrollment

The Reading Institute
430 Main Street
Williamstown, MA 01267

October 5, 2016

Cancel 10 days prior to training and receive a refund minus a $50 service charge. No refund for cancellations made within 10 days of the training.

Substitutions may be made. Please notify The Reading Institute, Inc. with the name of the alternate participant in advance.

Confirmation and directions will be mailed to each participant. You are not registered unless you receive a confirmation letter.

Reservations need to be made directly with the hotels. A lodging list will be sent with your confirmation. Specify you are with The Reading Institute when making reservations. Be sure to make lodging reservations early for best selection.

Dr. Margie Gillis
is 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 where she began her work training teachers of reading. Margie founded Literacy How, Inc. to provide professional development opportunities for teachers on how best to implement research-based reading practices in the classroom. Margie is a Research Affiliate at both Fairfield University and Haskins Laboratories. Margie founded the Anne E. Fowler Foundation which supports scholarships for teachers to earn their sixth year degree in Reading and Language Development at Fairfield University. Margie has worked at the policy level through the Connecticut Sate Department of Education and recently was a member of the SLD/Dyslexia Workgroup and co-presented the webinar Increasing Awareness of SLD/Dyslexia: Implications for Connecticut Educators. She is the co-founder, former president and a board member of Smart Kids with Learning Disabilities.

Earlier Event: October 14
Reading Research