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How to Achieve Literacy Gains with Curriculum-Integrated Vocabulary Instruction

Thursday, October 3, 2019 @ 4:00 pm - 5:00 pm EDT

Presented by Dr. Daryl Diamond, Director of Innovative Learning & Arts, Broward County Public Schools; and Dr. Julie Evans, CEO, Project Tomorrow
Hosted by Michael Freedman, Co-founder and CEO, Vocabulary.com

Sponsored by Vocabulary.com

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What’s the one thing most districts aren’t doing that can lead to significant literacy gains? Systematic vocabulary instruction. Learn how Broward County Public Schools, the sixth largest school district in the U.S., successfully implemented an adaptive platform for vocabulary instruction that resulted in widespread adoption by teachers and significant literacy gains on state ELA tests for students.

In this edWebinar, Broward’s Dr. Daryl Diamond will discuss how the district’s innovative model for professional development, combined with a cohesive approach to edtech that’s aligned with instructional objectives, led to success. Lead researcher Dr. Julie Evans of Project Tomorrow will review her study on the efficacy of adaptive vocabulary instruction in several BCPS schools. The results of her study showed that students in classes whose teachers consistently used this platform for vocabulary instruction had significantly higher achievement scores and experienced substantially more growth on state standardized ELA tests. Vocabulary.com’s Michael Freedman will talk about the advantages of implementing curriculum-integrated vocabulary instruction and walk through how the platform provides differentiated instruction that’s truly adaptive.

This edWebinar will be of interest to teachers, librarians, and school and district leaders of elementary through high school grade levels. There will be time to have your questions answered at the end of the presentation.

About the Presenters

Daryl Diamond, Ph.D. is the Director of Innovative Learning & Arts for the School Board of Broward County. She supervises the Instructional Technology Department and Digital Infusion Programs creating pathways to personalized learning, library media services providing engaging digital content, instructional resources to support 21st century teaching and learning; and music and performing arts. She works with schools and their teachers with training and support to create interactive classrooms that demonstrate best practices in the integration of technology throughout all curriculum areas.

 

Dr. Julie A. Evans is the CEO of Project Tomorrow and is the founder of the heralded Speak Up Research Project which annually collects and reports on the authentic views of 400,000 K-12 students, parents and educators on education issues each year. Dr. Evans serves as the chief researcher on the Speak Up Project as well as leading research efforts on the impact of digital content, tools and resources in both K-12 and higher education.

 

 

About the Host

A co-founder of Vocabulary.com, Michael Freedman brings marketing, sales, technology, and creative skills to the company. From 1996 to 1997, Michael served as Director of New Business Development at Razorfish. From 1991 to 1996, he worked as a writer, curriculum developer, and producer of CD-ROMs for The Princeton Review. Michael received a B.A. in fine arts and mathematics from New College of the University of South Florida.

 

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The edWebinar recording will be posted to this page the day after the presentation.

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Vocabulary.com is a platform for systematic vocabulary improvement that adapts to the needs of individual students and integrates with any curriculum, allowing teachers to create activities based on any text. Used in over 40,000 schools, Vocabulary.com is proven by research to improve literacy skills.

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