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TRAINING EDUCATORS

TO BOLDLY TRANSFORM THE TEACHING OF LITERACY

Investigate Language through Orthography

Improve reading, writing and spelling while developing critical thinking.

Optimize and expand the knowledge of bilingual learners to achieve biliteracy.

We are inspired by and collaborate with a worldwide community of linguist scholars.

Training and Professional Development

Everyone Reading Illinois workshop "How to Teach Sight Words"
RAiSE-Resource Association in Special Education, District 102, LaGrange, Illinois
District 181, Hinsdale, Illinois
The Latin School, Chicago, Illinois

The Cove School, Northbrook, IL

Frankfort School District 157C

     Grand Prairie Elementary K-2

     Chelsea Intermediate 3-5

     Hickory Creek Middle 6-8

LaGrange School District 102

Western Springs District 101

Lisle Elementary District 202

District 202, Lisle, Illinois

Manhattan School District 114

Parent University - LaGrange, Illinois

ESSA Conference Chicago 

IEngage, South Berwyn District 100

RAiSE-Resource Association in Special Education, District 102, LaGrange, Illinois

Everyone Reading Illinois Conference presenter - 2018

Sponsor:

CONFERENCE - ORTHOGRAPHY AND STRUCTURED WORD INQUIRY - February 28, March 1, March 2, 2019

     Plan on joining us in Fall of 2020 for the Second Annual CONFERENCE - ORTHOGRAPHY AND STRUCTURED WORD INQUIRY!

     Stay tuned for details......

LANGUAGE INSIGHTS PROVIDES LITERACY TRAINING BASED ON A SCIENTIFIC APPROACH TO LANGUAGE

Language Insights was established to boldly transform the teaching of literacy by using a scientific approach. We provide professional development in orthography. Orthography is the optimal writing system of a language based on understanding of the interrelation of morphology, etymology and phonology. This training complements any literacy program.

LANGUAGE INSIGHTS: CLIENT SERVICES

Markedly improves reading, writing, vocabulary and spelling while developing critical thinking based on scientific inquiry.

Services

Customized to meet individual needs

DISTRICT-WIDE PROFESSIONAL DEVELOPMENT

HANDS-ON TEACHER TRAINING
Full Day
Half Day
Five Day
Ongoing Support

INTERACTIVE MODEL LESSONS
Classroom
Small Group
RtI
Tier 1, 2, 3; Special Education

VIDEO CONFERENCING
Flexible Scheduling
Global

BOARD OF EDUCATION, ADMINISTRATION or PARENT GROUP
Introductory Presentations

Training

Workshops and Seminars Available

TRANSFORM YOUR TEACHING OF SIGHT WORDS
Spellings are related to origin and meaning not memorization

EXPLORE LATIN AND GREEK ORIGINS: ETYMOLOGY
Expand vocabulary
Improve grammar, writing and fluency

EXPLORE LANGUAGE STRUCTURE AND THE BRIDGE TO ENGLISH FOR MULTI-LANGUAGE LEARNERS
Link language acquisition through morphology and etymology

BOOST COMPREHENSION THROUGH MORPHOLOGY
Investigate Prefixes, Bases and Suffixes

K-2 PHONEME/ GRAPHEME CORRESPONDENCE
All you ever need to know about phonemes/graphemes to
improve reading, spelling, fluency, comprehension

HANDWRITING: THE PATHWAY TO LITERACY
Eliminate reversals
Investigate the interconnectivity of writing and literacy

 WORKSHOPS 

What You Need to Know to Effectively Teach Reading, Spelling, and Vocabulary

but Never Learned in Teacher Training.

These comprehensive workshops will expand, enrich and complement literacy or language arts program already in use.  

Classroom Teachers, Literacy Coaches, Special Education Resource Teachers Reading Specialists, Tutors and Administrators will benefit from these workshops.

 

Instruction linked to specific Common Core Standards for Reading and Language Arts 

Language Insights reserves the right to cancel any workshop with full refunds given. 

 

Workshop A.     Kindergarten and Grade 1 
Foundational Reading Skills and Structured Word Inquiry

Reading Phonology and Morphology:

  • Go beyond phonics and discover phoneme-grapheme correspondence

  • Enhance any reading program

  • Understand the foundations of phonology

  • Learn to use morphology; prefixes, bases, suffixes​

  • Teach "sight words" by using word origin and meaning without rote memorization​ 

  • Improve fluency without drill and kill 

Script - :​Connect script to early literacy skills

  • Eliminate Reversals

  • Learn to improve reading, spelling, and story telling through script.

Workshop B.    Grades 1, 2, 3,    
Improve Reading, Fluency, Vocabulary, Grammar, and Critical Thinking

  • Learn to use Structured Word Inquiry to improve literacy

  • Move beyond one syllable words with morphology

  • Expand your knowledge of grapheme-phoneme correspondence

  • Learn how spelling conventions impact reading and spelling

  • Hands-on activities to use in classrooms from day one 

Workshop C     Grades 4 and up
Using Word Structure to Improve Literacy Skills in the Advanced Grades

Teach Reading, Spelling and Vocabulary while Developing Critical Thinking

Fundamentals of morphology and etymology

  • Use analysis of word structure to support advanced reading skills 

  • Learn to use explicit instruction in orthography (spelling) to improve reading comprehension and content knowledge

  • Learn to boost students’ literacy achievement by incorporating morphological instruction

  • Link Latin and Greek roots to English words

  • Investigate vocabulary from all content areas: Science, Math, Social Studies, and Language Arts

  • Strategies and activities for classroom instruction will be provided

MEET YOUR LANGUAGE INSIGHTS TEAM

Our Talent

Mary McBride

LanguageInsights team member Mary McBride has taught in the US and overseas in Singapore, Dubai and Japan. She has worked as a reading specialist, resource and classroom teacher and private tutor. Mary has home-schooled both gifted and challenged students. Currently she is a Literacy Coach in a Chicago suburb.

Mary has provided teacher training workshops, classroom model lessons and has developed curriculum. She holds an advanced Orton-Gillingham certification and a MA in Special Education in Learning Disabilities.

Ellen Meyer

LanguageInsights team member Ellen

Meyer brings an expertise in

phonology, etymology and morphology

and holds an advanced certification in

Orton- Gillingham. She has presented

numerous workshops for

administrators, teachers and parents.

Currently, she is a trainer and 

consultant in a Chicago suburb.

Ellen excels in working with dyslexic

and learning disabled students. She

currently serves as an active board

member of Everyone Reading Illinois.

Of late, the words <metonym> and

<ennui> have sent Ellen into deep

word investigations.

Our team has data showing significant students' growth on standardized assessments. We provide practical solutions for achieving success in literacy. We have 20+  years combined experience in classroom and intervention settings. We are a team of experienced trainers of English Language Learners. Our expertise is in developing critical thinking.

 WORKSHOPS 

What You Need to Know to Effectively Teach Reading, Spelling, and Vocabulary

but Never Learned in Teacher Training.

These comprehensive workshops will expand, enrich and complement literacy or language arts program already in use.  

Classroom Teachers, Literacy Coaches, Special Education Resource Teachers Reading Specialists, Tutors and Administrators will benefit from these workshops.

 

Instruction linked to specific Common Core Standards for Reading and Language Arts 

Language Insights reserves the right to cancel any workshop with full refunds given. 

 

Workshop A.     Kindergarten and Grade 1 
Foundational Reading Skills and Structured Word Inquiry

Reading Phonology and Morphology:

  • Go beyond phonics and discover phoneme-grapheme correspondence

  • Enhance any reading program

  • Understand the foundations of phonology

  • Learn to use morphology; prefixes, bases, suffixes​

  • Teach "sight words" by using word origin and meaning without rote memorization​ 

  • Improve fluency without drill and kill 

Script - :​Connect script to early literacy skills

  • Eliminate Reversals

  • Learn to improve reading, spelling, and story telling through script.

Workshop B.    Grades 1, 2, 3,    
Improve Reading, Fluency, Vocabulary, Grammar, and Critical Thinking

  • Learn to use Structured Word Inquiry to improve literacy

  • Move beyond one syllable words with morphology

  • Expand your knowledge of grapheme-phoneme correspondence

  • Learn how spelling conventions impact reading and spelling

  • Hands-on activities to use in classrooms from day one 

Workshop C     Grades 4 and up
Using Word Structure to Improve Literacy Skills in the Advanced Grades

Teach Reading, Spelling and Vocabulary while Developing Critical Thinking

Fundamentals of morphology and etymology

  • Use analysis of word structure to support advanced reading skills 

  • Learn to use explicit instruction in orthography (spelling) to improve reading comprehension and content knowledge

  • Learn to boost students’ literacy achievement by incorporating morphological instruction

  • Link Latin and Greek roots to English words

  • Investigate vocabulary from all content areas: Science, Math, Social Studies, and Language Arts

  • Strategies and activities for classroom instruction will be provided

CONTACT LANGUAGE INSIGHTS

Mary McBride 708-408-2026
Ellen Meyer 708-602-0297

TESTIMONIALS

Hear what Administrators, Teachers and Parents are saying about Language Insights!

"There is more structure to the English language than I thought at the beginning of the workshop! I know more about etymology than I thought. This can be valuable for any student of any age."

Administrator

"The English language MAKES SENSE!!!! Also, I loved the word matrices that were shared. Finally, I loved the exploration/inquiry format. It really kept us engaged and inquisitive!

Literacy Coach

"I am excited to move from a traditional spelling program/workbooks to this more inquiry based learning model."

Classroom Teacher

"Thank you for the very informative session. I am fascinated with what you presented. The history of letters and their usage was fascinating."

Parent

WORLD WIDE NETWORK OF COLLEAGUES

REAL SPELLING

See "The Real Spelling Gallery " for short films, tutorials on a range of topics.
Join in with live video conferencing for orthographic scholarship in the "Spellinars" section.

GINA COOKE-LINGUISTIC EDUCATOR EXCHANGE - LEX

LEX author Gina Cooke strives to provide accurate linguistic information and reliable logical strategies for teachers and learners of the English language in search of evidence about English and its instruction.
See the Lexinars tab for online seminars for language professionals and others interested in the facts about written English.
online seminars for language professionals and others interested in the facts about written English.

PETE BOWERS-WORDWORKSKINGSTON

Peter Bowers, PhD, is the founder of the WordWorks Literacy Centre in Ontario, Canada. For most of his ten years as an elementary school teacher in international schools and in Canada, Peter shared the common view that English spelling is highly irregular and full of exceptions to be memorized.

See upcoming workshops in SWI with Pete Bowers

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