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Bringing Words to Life

Coming January 2023

Grab your second edition copy of Bringing Words to Life: Robust Vocabulary Instruction and join us in advancing reading comprehension through vocabulary instruction.  Moats and Tolman indicate once students learn the alphabetic code, vocabulary is the single most important factor in increasing reading comprehension at and beyond the fourth grade.

Join us in text-based learning about how to engage students in robust vocabulary instruction through reading, studying, and discussing Bringing Words to Life, Second Edition by Isabel L. Beck, Margaret G. McKeown, and Linda Kucan.   Grounded in research, the book explains how to select words for instruction, introduce their meanings, and create engaging learning activities that promote both word knowledge and reading comprehension.   Packed with information on how to teach vocabulary and how to transfer it into student lexicons, this book contains strategies that are adaptable to students of all ages.   Click HERE to register!  Twenty-five registrants will earn a free copy of Bringing Words to Life: Robust Vocabulary Instruction.  Zoom meetings will occur on Wednesdays, running from 10  1, 2022, at 4-6 PM. 


Summer Academies:  Coming June & July of 2023!




Please contact Joann McRell for additional information at  jmcrell@ksde.org or 785.296.2144.


KSDE has an English Language Arts listserv available for those interested in receiving information about upcoming trainings and current updates with standards and assessments. If you would like to be added to this list, please email Joann McRell at jmcrell@ksde.org.




Joann McRell

  • English-Language Arts Consultant

  • jmcrell@ksde.org

  • (785) 296-2144

Juanita Anderson

  • Administrative Assistant

  • janderson@ksde.org

  • (785) 296-1978


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