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Educators know there are student factors outside of school, such as home life and childhood experiences, that have a big influence on student success in school. New research has shown that one factor in particular—academic vocabulary—is one of the strongest indicators of how well students will learn subject area content when they come to school.
The Tennessee Academic Vocabulary Program (PDF)
Preliminary Building Academic Vocabulary (BAV) (PDF)
Effects of the BAV Program on Students Eligible for Free and Reduced Lunch and English Language Learners (PDF)
Developing a Systems Process for Improving Instruction in Vocabulary: Lessons Learned (PDF)
The Effects of Focused Academic Vocabulary Instruction on Underperforming Math Students (PDF)
See more resources on building academic vocabulary.
Building Academic Vocabulary Program
Use the Building Academic Vocabulary: Teacher's Manual and Student Notebooks to implement a comprehensive approach to teaching and learning academic vocabulary at the classroom, school, and district levels.
Bonus for Systemwide Adoption
The Building Academic Vocabulary program includes access to a special website for word selection. Call 1-800-933-ASCD (2723), ext. 8300, 8:00 a.m.–6:00 p.m., Monday through Friday, for details on adopting this program for your school, district, or state.
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