The Jill Eggleton Institute

The University of Sioux Falls hosted beloved author and international literacy consultant Jill Eggleton in June of 2018. Jill returned to the Midwest from her home in New Zealand to plant seeds of knowledge in the participants that attended this year’s institute. The interactive sessions covered topics including knowing your learner, understanding the stages of reading and writing, conferencing and dialogue, asking effective questions and so much more.

2018 Jill Eggleton Institute
Planting Seeds, Nurturing Plants: Focusing on What Matters
June 11-14, 2018
USF’s Salsbury Science Center


  • June 11–14, 2018, 8:30 a.m.–3 p.m.
  • Check-in: June 11 from 7:30–8:15 a.m.

Who Should Attend?

Teachers, teacher assistants, early childhood teachers, daycares, administrators, reading specialists and instructional coaches of grades K-8, ELL, Title I and special education professionals and teacher education students.

Registration Information

    • Conference Fee: $335
    • $100 deposit is required at the time of registration
    • Required text: $40, Lighting the Literacy Fire 
    • Optional college credit: $40 for one or $75 for two credits (undergraduate or graduate credit)
    • To earn 30 hours of continuing education credit, you must attend the entirety of the institute. Any participant who leaves the institute early will receive a reduced number of attendance hours on their certificate. The certificate of attendance will be emailed to you after the conclusion of the institute or can be printed from your account.
    • To earn two hours of college credit, you must attend the entirety of the institute and complete additional outside work as assigned. The grading is pass/no credit. Grade reports will not be mailed. Allow five days after the institute is complete to request your transcript.

Cancellation Fee

A $100 non-refundable deposit must accompany registration. To withdraw, participants must notify the Director of Continuing Education at 605-331-6781 by May 23, 2018. If the participant fails to drop before the deadline or fails to attend the institute without drop notification, the $100 deposit will not be refunded.

Program Outline and Schedule

Day 1: Preparing the Soil

  • Oral Language Development
  • Reading
    • Language Comprehension
    • Decoding
    • Stages of Reading

Day 2: Planting the Seeds

  • Approaches to Reading
    • Shared
    • Guided
    • Independent
    • Questioning
    • Conferencing

Day 3: Nurturing the Plant

  • Approaches to Writing
    • Audience
    • Organization
    • Management
    • Stages of Writing
  • Phonics and Phonological Awareness

Day 4: Watching it Grow

  • Assessment
  • Knowing the Learner
  • Next Steps: Helping Students Thrive

Accommodations and Meals

The University of Sioux Falls provides affordable accommodations in its brand new, state-of-the art residence hall constructed in 2017. The cost for a room is $20, whether single occupancy or double occupancy.

For those who want to stay off campus, several nearby hotels are available, as well as others close to downtown shopping and other amenities. View accommodation options here. For recommendations of where to stay, please contact Stacy at 605-331-6781.

A light morning snack and coffee will be provided every morning, but meals are on your own.


Jill Eggleton is an international educational consultant in literacy, with a wide range of teaching experiences, spanning over thirty years. In New Zealand she has taught in many schools of varying economic and cultural backgrounds while assisting her husband, Nelson, in establishing highly progressive schools with national recognition in literacy achievement. As a classroom teacher Jill was discovered by U.S. reading specialists and education administrators who made frequent visits to her classroom in New Zealand to observe her in action.

Jill believes that the keys to learning are practice, success, and enjoyment and that what children learn with pleasure, they will not forget. Her passion is to provide resources for teachers and children that will motivate them and stimulate and enrich their lives. This has led Jill to write for children, and she is a published author of several poetry books and over 700 children’s books. These books are designed for children beginning their literacy journeys.

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I’ve attended Jill Eggleton’s Literacy Institute multiple times and every time I learn more and solidify my literacy teaching and beliefs. I believe in Jill’s philosophy of balanced literacy and the approach to connect all literacy learning to context/meaning. Jill’s shared reading books are magical for the students. I absolutely love to share a big book and/or poem with my students that they are excited about. Reading with my students is exceptional when using Jill’s approach and resources. When I use my learning from Jill to teach literacy my students LOVE reading!

Melanie Schneider, Literacy in Action Teacher

Jill Eggleton inspires teachers to light the fire of literacy within every child! In days when teaching seems so complicated, Jill challenged me to “Keep it simple! The ability to simplify means to eliminate the unnecessary, so that the necessary may speak.” Jill gave me tools and texts to help the children in my classroom love reading and writing. Come to this Institute ready to be affirmed in what you are doing, challenged to learn new things and inspired to teach the next generation!

Jenny Boyle, First Grade Teacher