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Building Knowledge in a Virtual Context: Why It Matters Now More Than Ever

Thursday, September 24, 2020 @ 3:00 pm - 4:00 pm EDT

Building Knowledge in a Virtual Context

Presented by Dr. Elfrieda Hiebert, Author of Scholastic W.O.R.D.

Sponsored by Scholastic Digital Solutions

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As we build from recent learning loss and adapt to a virtual context, we must focus our attention on helping students increase knowledge through vocabulary acquisition. Core vocabulary words are critical for children to comprehend texts, communicate effectively, and become independent thinkers. As students learn the distinctive and nuanced meanings represented by words and make connections about how words work, they become better readers with enriched vocabulary. Words connect concepts to ideas, ideas to knowledge, and ultimately connect children to the world around them.

In this edWebinar, Dr. Elfrieda Hiebert, Author of Scholastic W.O.R.D., discusses:

  • Why core vocabulary is the answer to deepening comprehension in a virtual context
  • How learning the meanings behind core words in thematic texts leads to background knowledge
  • Why it is more important now than ever to focus on words and how they work
  • How to supercharge vocabulary by teaching word families and networks of words
  • How to build vocabulary in service of knowledge, with personalized, digital instruction

This recorded edWebinar will be of interest to preK-5 teachers, librarians, and school and district leaders. 


Freddy HiebertAbout the Presenter

Dr. Elfrieda “Freddy” Hiebert is a vocabulary acquisition expert, renowned researcher, and author of Scholastic W.O.R.D. She has had a lifelong career as a literacy educator and has scanned and studied 10,000 children’s texts to discover the 2,500 morphological word families students will encounter 90% of the time. She is the president and CEO of and is a research associate at the University of California, Santa Cruz. She is a fellow of the American Research Association and was awarded a William S. Gray Citation of Merit by the International Reading Association for outstanding contributions to the field of reading.

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Thursday, September 24, 2020
3:00 pm - 4:00 pm EDT
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