Learning How to Improve Vocabulary Instruction Through Teacher Study Groups
By: Joseph Dimino (author), Mary Jo Taylor (author)Paperback
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This book leads literacy professionals through nine teacher study groups intended to better their understanding of vocabulary instruction and improve student outcomes. "Learning Together: Using Teacher Study Groups to Improve Vocabulary Instruction" is a professional development model where major research-based concepts in vocabulary instruction are introduced and implemented over the course of a school year. The Teacher Study Group (TSG) model is intended to foster a deeper understanding of how scientifically based research in vocabulary is applied to classroom practice. The TSG sessions in this guide are patterned after a two-year study conducted in three states where 86 teachers were randomly assigned to either the TSG or the control group condition. Positive effects on teacher practice and student achievement were found in the TSG condition. Effective professional development programs study topics in depth over an extended period of time.
Joseph A. Dimino, Ph.D., has had experience as a general education teacher, special education teacher, administrator, behavior consultant, and researcher. He has extensive experience working with teachers, parents, administrators, and instructional assistants in the areas of early literacy, reading comprehension and vocabulary instruction, and effective instructional techniques for English language learners. As a senior research associate, Dr. Dimino has been a part of several regional and national research teams investigating topics such as foundational reading skills and vocabulary, reading comprehension, and mathematics instruction. He is a coauthor of books addressing reading comprehension and vocabulary instruction and has published in several peer-reviewed journals. Dr. Dimino has delivered papers at numerous state, national, and international conferences. He consults nationally in the areas of early literacy, reading comprehension, and vocabulary instruction. Mary Jo Taylor is a Senior Reseach Associate with the Instructional Group in Los Alamitos, California.
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