Kimberly has been an educator for over 25 years, and a literacy consultant for many. Her interests include improving instructional effectiveness, the learning environment, and integrating technology in K-12 classrooms. Her new book with Angela Peery, Blended Vocabulary: Harnessing the Power of Digital Tools and Effective Instruction, is a must-have resource to build your understanding of how to integrate digital tools with research-based vocabulary strategies. Published by Solution Tree in the summer of 2016.
In a few, (very) short weeks, the school year will come to a close. Students (and teachers) have begun the infamous countdown. Regardless of how hard you've worked to support literacy learning in your classroom, summer sneaks in and can quickly chip away at your best efforts and the progress … Read More.
It appears there is no stopping the amount of interest in creating videos particularly among teenagers. Vocabulary Videos (Dalton & Schmidt, 2015) draws upon that interest and ties it into word learning. The goal of Vocabulary Videos is straightforward – students demonstrate their … Read More.
February 9, 2016 By Kimberly
Read alouds are the perfect venue for providing a model of fluent reading, talking about text, and building comprehension skills. Additionally, read alouds provide an integrated way for introducing vocabulary in a meaningful context. Anchored Word Learning (Beck, McKeown, & Kucan, 2002) is … Read More.
February 6, 2016 By Kimberly
Vocabulary development is key to comprehension - a well-known fact. A broad vocabulary is important for academic success, college and career readiness, and lifelong learning opportunities. Systematic vocabulary instruction must be an integral part of a K-12 comprehensive literacy framework for … Read More.
February 3, 2016 By Kimberly
Teachers at Jordan Mott Middle School (M.S. 22) in the Bronx, part of Mayor Bill DeBlasio's Renewal Schools, have been working hard to increase student achievement. Under the leadership of Principal Edgar Lin, teachers have been engaging in job-embedded professional learning that addresses their … Read More.