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Words Matter: How a Deep Understanding of Core Vocabulary Accelerates Reading Proficiency

Thursday, November 8, 2018 @ 5:00 pm - 6:00 pm EST

Why Words Matter

Presented by Dr. Elfrieda Hiebert, Author of W.O.R.D. from Scholastic
Sponsored by Scholastic Education, Digital Solutions



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In this edWebinar with Dr. Elfrieda Hiebert, Lead Researcher and Author of W.O.R.D., educators will learn:

  • How words work and contribute toward building a child’s world of knowledge
  • Why a small group of words matter and the importance of core vocabulary
  • How phrases and compound words play an important role in reading proficiency
  • How vocabulary networks differ between narrative and informational texts
  • Best practices educators can use to support students’ core vocabulary development

This event will be of particular benefit to K-5 teachers and reading specialists. There will be time to get your questions answered at the end of Dr. Hiebert’s presentation. Join this session to gain strategies for teaching your students word and world knowledge and learn why acquiring core vocabulary is critical for building foundational literacy skills.

Elfrieda Hiebert About the Presenter
Dr. Elfrieda Hiebert is a vocabulary acquisition expert, lead researcher and author of W.O.R.D., a new digital program from Scholastic, and has had a lifelong career as a literacy educator. She is the president and CEO of TextProject.org and 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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