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Scholastic Announces Building Vocabulary for Reading Success

Posted Mar 1, 2006
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Scholastic Education has announced the launch of a professional development course from Scholastic RED: Building Vocabulary for Reading Success. Part of Scholastic's research-based professional development series, the course includes both online instruction and in-person collaboration—providing teachers of grades K-3 with strategies for vocabulary instruction.

Building Vocabulary for Reading Success offers teachers strategies for helping children to increase their reading comprehension in subjects like science, math, and social studies through vocabulary-building using words specific to the content areas. The course is supplemented with lesson plans and classroom resources that seamlessly integrate professional development content into a variety of classroom reading programs.

Scholastic RED's Building Vocabulary for Reading Success is designed to help teachers:

§ Better understand the strong relationship between vocabulary size and reading comprehension.

§ Select and teach essential new words that are critical to students understanding.

§ Model the use of rich, complex, and diverse vocabulary—encouraging and influencing students' lifelong interest in and use of language.

§ Tailor lessons to support English language learners.

According to the announcement, Scholastic RED provides teachers with access to some of the leading experts in the field by featuring master practitioners and reading experts modeling strategies in real classrooms. Course faculty for Scholastic RED: Building Vocabulary for Reading Success include Dr. Elfrieda Hiebert, University of California at Berkeley; Dr. Maria Carlo, University of Miami; Dr. Shari Frost; and Francie Alexander, Chief Academic Officer, Scholastic.

Building Vocabulary for Reading Success, along with all Scholastic RED courses, is aligned to national and state professional development standards and correlated to all major reading programs. Teachers complete online lessons and then come together as a group to reflect on their learning, share student work, and practice strategies modeled by course facilitators. Every Scholastic RED course is accredited by RED's university partners for three hours of graduate credit.


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Source: Scholastic Education,

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