Pennsylvania Department of Education

Session Dates

Wednesday December 13th, 2017 8:30AM — 4:30PM

Word Generation: Enhancing Academic Language and Argumentation Skills Across Disciplines

Participants will learn how gaps in vocabulary in middle school students, particularly for English learners and low-income students, interfere with comprehension of content area texts and be introduced to the Word Generation curriculum. Word Generation is a program designed to teach academic vocabulary daily across the core content areas through discussion-based activities. Self-selected middle school teams, represented by ELA, Science, Social Studies and Math Teachers will work collaboratively to implement “Word Generation” to improve the academic language and argumentation skills of their students. Middle school teams will select a grade level who is committed to a year-long focus on fidelity of implementation of Word Generation. Participating teams will also collect evidence of systems, classroom and student growth as a function of participation in this series.


Participants will:

  1. List ways to provide students with repeated exposure to high-frequency academic words across disciplines
  2. Implement an evidence-based tool (word generation) to support all content area teachers with delivery of effective vocabulary instruction
  3. Define high-quality, multidimensional academic vocabulary instruction
  4. Collect, record, and analyze data to inform implementation refinement toward improved student outcomes

Target Audience

Interdisciplinary Middle School Teams (6th, 7th or 8th grade)

Individuals attending this course must arrive on time and stay the duration of the course in order to receive Act 48 Professional Education hours. Requests for exceptions are to be brought to the attention of the individual´s Superintendent or IU Director prior to the course.

Commonwealth of Pennsylvania
Tom Wolf, Governor

This event is by invitation only. You must have a registration key in order to register.


  • PaTTAN - Harrisburg

Event Type

  • Inservices/workshops

Credit Type

  • Act 48 (21 hours)

Registration Contact

Kelly Kapp,, 717-901-2271

Content Contact

Jennifer Collins,, 717-541-4960

Topics Covered



  • Dr. Catherine Snow; Ms. Brandy Spielman, & PaTTAN

Additional Information

This is a team training and is by invitation only. To receive or submit applications, contact Kelly Kapp at " Kapp email)" The registration key will be included in team application acceptance email. Each building administrator is responsible for ensuring that their team members participate in training, convene regularly to assess implementation of word generation, and fulfill the series data requirements.