Improving Adolescents’ Vocabulary

Grades 4-12
November 09, 2017

  • Presented by:
    Sarah Lupo
  • Registration Fee:
    $139 ( $189 for non-members)
  • Location:
    Emmet Street Holiday Inn, Charlottesville

Event Details

This workshop will focus on developing adolescents’ knowledge of vocabulary. Word knowledge is a key component to improving literacy skills for adolescents. This workshop will present both theory and good instructional practices for promoting vocabulary in all classes with connections to both reading and writing instruction. In this workshop, participants will have an opportunity to learn how to differentiate vocabulary instruction in order to meet students’ developmental needs, how to address important SOLs (such as Greek and Latin roots), and how to improve students’ academic vocabulary. Methods discussed in this session are relevant for all other content areas as well as English, and the specific needs of English Language Learners and students with disabilities will also be addressed. Participants will discuss the management of differentiated vocabulary instruction in the secondary school classroom, and they will also have the opportunity to begin planning a lesson for their own classroom.


Grades 4-12

English and Content Teachers, Literacy Leaders, Reading Specialists, ELL Specialists, and Special Education Teachers


Sarah Lupo (James Madison University)

Dr. Sarah Lupo, Ph.D., is an Assistant Professor in the area of literacy instruction at James Madison University. As a former teacher, Sarah has worn many hats, including ESL teacher, Language Arts Teacher, Reading Specialist, and Content Area Literacy Coach. She has taught in many places including Phoenix, Washington DC, Charlottesville, and Istanbul, Turkey. Her research investigates ways to improve comprehension and vocabulary instruction for all students, including English Language Learners and students who struggle with academic literacies.  Sarah also works with schools and districts across Virginia to improve literacy instruction from grades K-12 with an emphasis on ongoing, embedded PD through developing school and district literacy experts.

Event Schedule

Conference Runs from 9:00 a.m.  -  3:30 p.m.

Registration and Breakfast Begin at 8:00 a.m.

Lunch will be served at noon.

All registered participants will receive an email with event details in the week before the conference is held.

Registration Details

The conference fee is $139 for each participant who is member of a school division which is a member of VSUP/VaSCL. 

The registration fee for participants from Non-Member school divisions is $189 .

Registration fees include breakfast and lunch, as well as parking and internet access.

The registration deadline is October 20, 2017.

In the registration form (below), required fields are indicated with a red asterisk.  Mistakes made in completing the form will be highlighted in red.

Once you have submitted the registration, the person or people whom you have designated to receive a confirmation email should see that email (with registration information included) within 24 hours.

Pre-Payment is not required for participation.

After the conference has been held, an invoice will be emailed to the person identified in Billing Information on the Conference Registration Form for each participant.

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Registration Fee

$139   ( $189 for non-members)

Hotel Information

1901 Emmet Street
Charlottesville, VA 22901

(434) 977-7700

VSUP/VaSCL room rate.
VSUP / VaSCL Special Rate: $109
Call 434-977-7700 and ask for the VSUP / VaSCL room rate and provide the following VaSCL / VSUP Rate Code: IX9K5.

Or use the LINK below to make your reservation at the special VSUP / VaSCL room rate.


Contact VSUP/VaSCL

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November 09, 2017
Improving Adolescents’ Vocabulary
Emmet Street Holiday Inn, Charlottesville
October 20, 2017