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Building Students’ Word Knowledge…with Elizabeth Stevens (#4 in Spotlight Series)

March 29, 2023 @ 7:00 pm - 8:30 pm

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DESCRIPTION – Wednesday, March 29, 2023 (#4 in the Series)

Building Students’ Word Knowledge: How to Teach Essential Words

Attendees will learn the importance of providing vocabulary instruction across content areas (i.e., English language arts/reading, social studies, science, mathematics) and the role of word knowledge for students’ reading comprehension. First, the presenter will describe guidelines for vocabulary instruction, including how to choose which words to teach. Next, the presenter will describe the steps in a routine for teaching essential words, provide sample vocabulary maps for various content areas, and model instruction. Third, the presenter will provide suggestions for planning vocabulary instruction and share resources teachers can use in their classroom. The presentation will conclude with a Q&A period.

Elizabeth Stevens, Ph.D., is an Assistant Professor in the Department of Learning Sciences at Georgia State University. Stevens completed her doctoral degree at The University of Texas at Austin. She holds a master’s degree in special education from the College of William and Mary and a reading specialist degree from the University of Virginia. Prior to pursuing her doctorate, she taught special education for nine years in Virginia. Elizabeth has coordinated large-scale research projects at The Meadows Center for Preventing Educational Risk. She recently served as Co-Principal Investigator of an IES-funded Development and Innovation Project, Middle School Matters, which focused on developing a PD model to support middle school teachers with implementing research-based practices during content-area reading instruction. Elizabeth researches effective reading and mathematics interventions for students with learning disabilities and learning difficulties. She is particularly interested in the effects of aligning Tier 1 (core) instruction with Tier 2 intervention for upper elementary students with reading comprehension difficulties. She is also interested in the effects of vocabulary instruction on the word-problem performance of upper elementary students with mathematics difficulty. She has extensive experience in designing literacy interventions for diverse and at-risk populations, providing PD to districts, and examining the effects of such interventions and PD through high quality research studies. Stevens has published in numerous journals including Scientific Studies of Reading, Exceptional Children, Journal of Learning DisabilitiesReading and WritingRemedial and Special Education, and Teaching Exceptional Children


RECORDING: https://youtu.be/YoHXBGR_pxI

SLIDES: Building Students’ Word Knowledge: How to Teach Essential Words 

TEMPLATES: Access information to Vocabulary Maps provided on page 27 of slides.

RECOMMENDED RESOURCE: IES Practice Guide – page 28 of slides

VIDEO OF HOW TO DO TURN AND TALK:  Anita Archer – page 28 of slides



The International Dyslexia Association Georgia and The Reading League Georgia partnered to bring you the 2023 Spotlight on Structured Literacy Webinar Series, which included four live webinars: Jan. 18, Feb. 8, Mar. 1, Mar. 29. The webinars were FREE and OPEN to all.  Recordings now available.

Purpose of Webinar Series: Keeping in mind structured literacy refers to both the content and methods or principles of instruction, in this 4-part series, our speakers will discuss both how to most effectively instruct reading based on the science of instruction AND what content to instruct to ensure students become competent readers and writers.


March 29, 2023
7:00 pm - 8:30 pm