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Building Academic Vocabulary. A District Initiative Proposed by ELA Curriculum Council . What is Academic Vocabulary?. Vocabulary pertinent to the understanding of a specific discipline. ELA, math, science, social studies. Why is Academic Vocabulary important for our students?.

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building academic vocabulary

Building Academic Vocabulary

A District Initiative

Proposed by ELA Curriculum Council

what is academic vocabulary
What is Academic Vocabulary?
  • Vocabulary pertinent to the understanding of a specific discipline.
  • ELA, math, science, social studies
why is academic vocabulary important for our students
Why is Academic Vocabulary important for our students?
  • Unifies our curriculum
  • Improves students’ background knowledge
  • “Levels the playing field” for our neediest learners
  • Based on research done by Robert Marzano and Debra Pickering
how do we implement this plan
How do we implement this plan?
  • ELA Curriculum Council member will meet with building principals to create building level committees (AVBT).
  • These individuals will meet on Oct. 9th to be introduced to the plan and work out how to get all teachers involved in creating lists.
  • Lists will be created at the building level and brought back to ELA Curriculum Council for consolidation.
  • Tentative District wide lists will be generated and sent out to all teaching staff for input in December.
ela curriculum contact people
ELA Curriculum Contact People
  • Antwerp – Lori Ritchie
  • Calcium – Marci Nash
  • Evans Mills – Jean Kiechle
  • High School - TBD
  • IRIS – Debbie Reddick, Tom Howard
  • Middle School – George McAloon, Debbie Salisbury
  • Philly – Laura Gibbs
  • Theresa – Terry Drake
  • Pat Fabrizio, Laura Carbone
long term goal
Long Term Goal
  • To create District wide Academic Vocabulary Lists K-12 in the areas of ELA, science, social studies, and math.
  • Implementation and training will follow.