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Teaching Content Through Oral Language Development

Tuesday, Jul 14, 2015 | 12:45pm EDT


Advances in cognitive science make it clear that young children are capable of much more academically than was previously imagined. They naturally strive to build knowledge and to develop language to communicate about what they learn. They develop theories about how the world works; they learn to solve problems; and they ask questions in a constant quest for more information. In this workshop, learn how to take advantage of children's natural learning processes to teach content and build background knowledge in the academic domains of science and mathematics, using strategies that are both developmentally appropriate and aligned with the demands of the Common Core standards. (See excepts from our professional development module)


  • Burnie Bond, Director of Programs, Albert Shanker Institute
  • Janet Mayotte, project manager, Ready to Read research team, University of Michigan