Professional Development

These white papers, written by our authors and staff experts, present research as well as best practices.

Teaching Writing in the Context of Common Core State Standards
by Beverly Ann Chin, Ph.D.

The Value of Intentional Vocabulary Instruction in the Middle Grades
by Douglas Fisher and Nancy Frey

Teaching Meaningful Revision: Developing and Deepening Students' Writing
by Beverly Ann Chin, Ph.D.
Professional development paper for teachers at Grades 6-12, with discussion of the role of revision in writing instruction and practical applications in classroom practices and activities.

Problem Solving: Building Strategic Competence
by Alfred S. Posamentier, Ph.D

Best Practices for Phonics Instruction in Today's Classroom
by Diane H. Tracey, Ed.D. and Lesley Mandel Morrow, Ph.D.
Professional development paper for teachers at Grades K-3, with discussion of current research on the role of phonics in effective reading instruction and practical application of findings to classroom strategies and activities.

Motivating Middle School Students: The Critical Part of Lesson Planning in Mathematics
by Alfred S. Posamentier, Ph.D

Effective Strategies for Engaging Middle School Students in Writing and Grammar Instruction
by Beverly Ann Chin, Ph.D.
Professional development paper for teachers at Grades 6-8, with discussion of current research in grammar and writing instruction and application of findings to classroom strategies and practices.

Best Practices for Teaching Grammar at the Elementary Grades
by Beverly Ann Chin, Ph.D.
Professional development paper for teachers at Grades 3-5, with discussion of current research in grammar and writing instruction and application of findings to classroom strategies and practices.

Vocabulary Instruction in the Elementary Grades
by Jerry L. Johns, Ph.D.
Professional development paper for teachers at Grades 2-5, with discussion of current research in reading comprehension and application of findings to classroom strategies and practices.

Using Nonfiction in the Primary Grades Instruction
by Alvin Granowsky, Ed.D.
Professional development paper for teachers at Grades 3-5, with discussion of current research in grammar and writing instruction and application of findings to classroom strategies and practices.

The Value of Direct and Systematic Vocabulary Instruction
by Jerome Shostak
Professional development paper for teachers at Grades 6-12, with discussion of current research in vocabulary instruction and application of findings to classroom strategies and practices.

Developing Effective Readers PreK-6
by Lesley Mandel Morrow and Richard T. Vacca
Professional development paper for teachers at grades Pre-K - Grade 6, with discussion of current research in early and elementary literacy, literacy’s five essential elements – phonemic awareness, phonics, fluency, vocabulary, and comprehension – and practical application of findings to classroom strategies and practices.

The Effective Mathematics Classroom: Research-based Principles and Practices
by Marie Cooper
Professional development paper for teachers at Grades K-6, with discussion of current research on how to aid the development of phonemic awareness and practical application of findings to classroom strategies, tips, and activities.

Word Study Strategies at the Middle Grades
by Richard T. Vacca
Professional development paper for teachers at Grades 4-6, with discussion of current research in word study, phases of reading development, and application of findings to classroom strategies and practices.

Nursery Rhymes and Phonemic Awareness
by Sadlier-Oxford's Research and Development Staff
Professional development paper of grades Pre-K – Grade 1, with discussion of current research on how to aid the development of phonemic awareness and application of findings to classroom strategies and practices.

Beginning Literacy: Research-Based Principles and Practices
by Lesley Mandel Morrow
Professional development paper for teachers at grades Pre-K to Grade 1, with discussion of current research in early literacy and application of findings to classroom strategies and practices.

The Role of Grammar in Improving Students' Writing
by Beverly Ann Chin, Ph.D.
Professional development paper for teachers at Grades 9-12, with discussion of current research in grammar and writing instruction and application of findings to classroom strategies and practices.

Writing Next* and Grammar for Writing Alignment
A comparison of the content and instructional approach of Grammar for Writing ©2007 with the 11 key elements of effective writing instruction as identified in the
2006 Writing Next report.