Hello, Teacher Friends!

I’m Lisa, and I can help you send student achievement through the roof through mastery of academic vocabulary.

Has this ever happened to you?

Did you know that academic vocabulary is the key to reading comprehension and oral listening comprehension?

By teaching academic vocabulary, we are enabling our students to:

  • understand and analyze subject-specific terms and concepts
  • express their thoughts and ideas with precision

Research has demonstrated that vocabulary knowledge is the magic elixir of reading comprehension.

If students struggle to read text, they simply won’t understand it.

We think they’ll ask if they don’t understand a word. 

They won’t.

We think they’ll look it up in the dictionary.
The don’t.

We don’t think they’ll simply give up and just skim or (worse) abandon the text altogether.

But they do.

You have the power to change that pattern, and this course will teach you how, step-by-step.

Concept Capsules® are:

  • single-page introductions to the academic vocabulary of a discipline
  • laid out in the same pattern
  • shared with students slowly over time
  • frequently reviewed – what I call in class “playing with.” 

Sound simple? It is!

Well, it is when you have a friend to show you how to use them. 

I’ll be your vocabulary friend!

Join the course and make vocabulary your students’ superpower!

You’ve found the right course if this is you…

Your students have gaps in words you thought for sure they knew.

You love having a great time while teaching super important topics at the same time.

You like trying things that have been proven to be effective so you know they work as promised.

Let me help you.

I share the method and system that truly works to teach academic vocabulary in a way that makes sense and is backed by loads of quality research.


When you know how to teach vocabulary effectively, you’ll …

  • Save instructional time
  • Have more fun
  • Engage your students


If you were in my house with me right now, I would show you the shelf of vocabulary books I’ve read over and over.

If you were in my classroom with me right now, I would show you how excited my students get when we are working with vocabulary. I’m not kidding.

While you may not be able to come to my house (although if you’re ever in North Texas, come on by!) or to my class, I’ve got the next best thing!


This is the course that takes decades of experience, reams of research, and tons of trial and error and combines them into one quick course that can transform your classroom.

It’s a big promise, but I know it works.


Credit: 3 hours

Price: $49.95 (includes book)

Email lisa@giftedguru.com for campus and district pricing.


You’ll get five modules of training that will rock your classroom, if not your world.


Have you ever been in a course and thought, “I wish there was a book I could have to use later?”

I hear you. 

I wrote it for you, and you get the book INCLUDED in your course fee.

Yes, that’s right. The entire book is included. It’s yours forever.

(You’ll get a course guide, too!)

Your Instructor

Lisa Van Gemert, M.Ed.T.

Using a combination of neuropsychology, pedagogy, experience, humor, technology and sheer fun, Lisa Van Gemert shares best practices in education with audiences around the world.

She is an expert consult to television shows including Lifetime’s “Child Genius,” and a writer of award-winning lesson plans, as well as numerous published articles on social psychology and pedagogy and four books, including the Legacy Award winning book, Perfectionism: A Practical Guide to Managing Never Good Enough.

A former teacher, school administrator, and Youth & Education Ambassador for Mensa, she shares resources for educators and parents on her websites GiftedGuru.com & VocabularyLuau.com.

In her free time, she reads like they’re going to stop printing books any second. Lisa and her husband Steve are the parents of a lot of sons and live in Arlington, Texas.