Building Students’ Word Knowledge: How to Teach Essential Words (#4 SL)

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Building Students’ Word Knowledge: How to Teach Essential Words (#4 SL)

Dr. Stevens will present on Building Word Knowledge in this 4th webinar in our IDA-GA/TRL-GA 2023 Spotlight on Structured Literacy Series.

By International Dyslexia Association GA (IDA-GA)

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Date and time

Wednesday, March 29 · 4 - 5:30pm PDT



About this event

  • 1 hour 30 minutes
  • Mobile eTicket

The International Dyslexia Association Georgia and The Reading League Georgia have partnered to bring you the 2023 Spotlight on Structured Literacy Webinar Series, which includes four live webinars: Jan. 18, Feb. 8, Mar. 1, Mar. 29. The webinars are FREE and OPEN to all. Certificates of Attendance will be available for those registrants who complete a post-webinar knowledge check/survey form after each event. The form must be completed by the deadline.

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 Disabilities, Reading and Writing, Remedial and Special Education, and Teaching Exceptional Children. 

About the organizer

The International Dyslexia Association Georgia is a non-profit, scientific and educational organization which was formed to increase public awareness of dyslexia. We are a resource and support system for parents, educators, and individuals with dyslexia.

Many of our members are actively involved in the diagnosis and remediation of dyslexia. Our members are educators, psychologists, physicians, individuals with dyslexia, and parents who have dealt with learning disability issues within local public and private schools.

With its approximate 300 members, the Georgia Branch provides an information and referral hotline, monthly news updates, community outreach activities, yearly conferences, and information about teacher training opportunities and other resources to support parents, educators, and individuals with dyslexia. The Branch encourages teachers to train in Structured Literacy and offers teacher training scholarships and grants. Funds are for these scholarships are raised primarily through annual membership dues and the Dyslexia Dash 5K, a dyslexia awareness event offered every October.

Membership in the local branch is included in the cost of IDA membership. If you are one of the many people affected by dyslexia or if you have family members or students with dyslexia, we urge you to join the IDA and become an active participant.