Strategies and tips to help educators and school leaders close the vocabulary gap

This post is sponsored by Curriculum Associates.
Vocabulary is an important building block to success in school and in life. Unfortunately, studies conclude that students who start out behind in vocabulary development often have a more difficult time achieving in school. This creates an ever widening vocabulary gap that we must work hard to close for our students.
In her new whitepaper, “Solving the Vocabulary Puzzle: Connecting Standards for Deeper Word Knowledge,” literacy expert Brenda Overturf examines the vocabulary gap and discusses strategies that any educator can use to integrate vocabulary throughout the ELA curriculum and support the vocabulary development of all students.
Here is our conversation with Overturf about her new whitepaper:
What is the vocabulary gap? What are its implications for early elementary learners?
The vocabulary gap starts at a young age and has implications for early learners but can also follow that learner into adulthood. Students who know more words, who know how to figure out word meanings, and who can interpret different meanings of words have a significant advantage in school and life.
Students equipped with a higher vocabulary have a greater ability to build networks and learn even more words. It becomes a virtuous cycle. Students who don’t know as many words don’t have as much to build on, and so often learn words more slowly. This creates a dangerous vocabulary gap between vocabulary haves and have-nots.
How does vocabulary connect to the new ELA standards?
If you have …