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Colorado Department of Education Professional Development - SKILL Narrative Training

SKILL Narrative Training

Audience: Educators, Other District/School Staff | Topic: Special Education | Hosted by: Office of Special Education

Blended format. SKILL Narrative Training
Blended format

SKILL Narrative Training

Supporting Knowledge in Language and Literacy

Speaker and co-creator Dr. Sandra Gillam is a professor in the Department of Communicative Disorders and Deaf Education at Utah State University. Her research interests include assessment and intervention of language and literacy impairments, multi-cultural populations, and processes involved in text comprehension. She is author of an evidence-based narrative intervention program designed to improve literacy outcomes.

This intervention teaches children basic story grammar elements such as character, setting, plan, action, etc., and then uses story modeling, story retelling and story generation to help children practice foundational literacy skills. High quality children’s literature is also incorporated into the lessons and used to teach vocabulary and comprehension.

Research on the effectiveness of the SKILL program has demonstrated significant improvement in comprehension, recalling text details, story retelling, vocabulary and listening comprehension. These are all skills that lead to literacy


Do your students struggle with telling you what happened over the weekend; retelling a story; using story grammar elements, expressing their ideas? Children with language and literacy disorders often have difficulty acquiring narrative proficiency which may negatively impact their academic performance.


SKILL (Supporting Knowledge in Language and Literacy) Narrative is a supplemental intervention program for children with language impairments focused on improving critical language skills that are aligned with core curricular standards. It targets knowledge needed to be successful with Reading, Writing and Communication Standards for literature and informational text. This intervention can be used in small groups or in collaboration with the teacher to support students in an inclusive setting.

Next Steps

This course will summarize aspects of narrative and literacy assessment and intervention for school-age students. Learn skills in designing, administering, and interpreting outcomes from narrative and literacy assessment tools along with providing effective narrative instruction.

Requirements for the mini course:

1. May 1st-16th -complete the 5-hour pre-recorded sessions and participate in the activities (two 2.5-hour presentations). Can be completed in shorter increments.
2. May 21st, 1-3pm - attend the 2-hour live follow up session for more content and Q&A with the author.

All participants who complete the requirements are eligible to receive a FREE book - SKILL Narrative. 

7 CDE Contact Hours available. This training satisfies the Special Education and Behavioral Health licensure renewal requirements.

Registration: Open through May 6, 2021, or until the course is full.  

Register for the Mini Course

SKILL Narrative Training Flyer [PDF]

Event Date and Time

  • Friday, May 21, 2021 -
    1:00pm to 3:00pm


Online via Zoom


7 CDE Contact Hours available. This training satisfies the Special Education and Behavioral Health licensure renewal requirements.

Professional development events offers a certificate

Contact Information

Amanda Nieser

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