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This workshop will help teachers to understand the importance of providing vocabulary instruction focused on words critical to understanding content. Explicit vocabulary instruction is essential in helping students become independent vocabulary learners. 

About This Course

This workshop is part of a new series of content collections - Pepper Online Workshops (POW!) – focusing on the hottest topics that educators are dealing with across the country.  These have been developed in partnership  with WestEd using some of the resources from their Doing What Works project. These workshops feature videos, interactive planning tools, and other research-based materials.

This workshop will help teachers to understand the importance of providing vocabulary instruction focused on words critical to understanding content. Teachers will explore important elements of vocabulary instruction as related to English Language Learners including the importance of vocabulary instruction primarily focused on teaching the words essential to understanding subject matter content.


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WestEd, a nationally recognized nonpartisan, nonprofit research, development, and service agency working with education and other communities throughout the United States and abroad. WestEd aims to improve education and other important outcomes for children, youth and adults. WestEd provides a wide range of resources for K-12 educators to use in their classrooms. 

Lori Larsen

Lori Larsen has experience teaching in both the public and private environment and has worked at the District level in administration, as well as a education consultant traveling to schools throughout the United States and Canada. She had made presentations at local, state, and national conferences highlighting the use of technology as an instructional tool in the classroom and focuses on integrating technology and curriculum to engage students. Her experience as a classroom teacher and as a professional development specialist working with teachers gives her opportunity to work with teachers and students to effectively enhance classroom instruction and student learning.
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Course Code: POW317
Course Release: Mar 14, 2017
Estimated Effort: 1:00

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