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Webinar: Vocabulary Practice and Reading Proficiency

5 Keys to Effective Intentional Vocabulary Instruction

Thursday, February 27, 2020 - 1 p.m. PST / 4 p.m. EST


Join Dr. Tim Rasinski, Kent State Professor of Literacy Education, to learn how intentional vocabulary practice can be integrated into literacy instruction in a way that effectively promotes reading comprehension and proficiency.

Intended for educators of K–6 students, principals, curriculum directors, and literacy coaches, this 45-minute webinar will focus on the latest research and best practices related to integrated, intentional vocabulary instruction and practice.

The National Reading Panel (2000) identified vocabulary as one of the five critical components of effective reading curricula. A longitudinal study conducted over a 10-year span by Cunningham and Stanovich (1997) found that vocabulary knowledge in first grade predicted reading achievement in middle and high school. In practice, vocabulary instruction often ends up disconnected from what students are reading and studying, relegated to rote repetition and practice that fails to engage students or inspire inquiry.

During this live webinar, attendees will discover:

  • The latest research about the role of vocabulary acquisition in reading proficiency
  • How to identify the challenges of teaching vocabulary, and how to overcome them by making the most of classroom time and student practice
  • The five principles of effective, engaging, and intentional vocabulary instruction
  • How to make vocabulary an integral part of reading instruction and practice to promote proficiency

About Our Speaker

Dr. Timothy Rasinski is a professor of literacy education at Kent State University, and director of its award-winning reading clinic. He also holds the Rebecca Tolle and Burton W. Gorman Endowed Chair in Educational Leadership. Tim has written more than 200 articles and has authored, co-authored, or edited 50 books or curriculum programs on reading education. Tim is past-president of the College Reading Association, which also awarded him the A. B. Herr and Laureate Awards for his scholarly contributions to literacy education. In 2010, Tim was elected to the International Reading Hall of Fame.

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