Single-Session Webinar Schedule

Developing Background Knowledge and Vocabulary: Essential for Learning and Essential for Equity

Developing Background Knowledge and Vocabulary:  Essential for Learning and Essential for Equity

Date and Time

Tuesday, December 8, 2020 4:00 PM - 6:00 PM


You can RSVP for this event until December 8, 2020 at 2:00 PM



Learning science shows us that background knowledge and vocabulary are predictors of future learning. Excellent teachers constantly assess, activate and leverage background knowledge of students as they teach new concepts and skills. The fourth of six in the series, this session will focus on how we can leverage student background knowledge as an asset and support the development of prerequisite knowledge and skills essential to getting all students on grade-level. 

Audience: Teachers, teacher coaches, and teacher supervisors

Equity in Teaching and Learning Webinar Series Description: This six webinar series is designed to assist educators (1) better understand the sources of inequity in schools and classrooms and (2) adopt practices for promoting equity in learning.

The webinar series holds together as a coherent, sequenced program, but participation in all sessions is not necessary.  

Each session will include a mini-lesson, opportunities to interact with other educators relative to the topic, and access to tools and resources. 

Facilitator Information: Richard Lemons, Ph.D. is the Executive Director at the Connecticut Center for School Change. He has more than 25 years of experience in education, formerly serving as a classroom teacher, literacy coach, change coach, researcher, policy advocate and university professor. In addition to working with the board to provide leadership for the Center, Richard helps facilitate the Superintendents’ Network, teaches in the annual Equity Institute and works closely with numerous district clients on strategic planning, central office transformation and capacity and coherence audits.

SCECH Note: Up to 12 SCECHs can be earned during the series, two for each session you complete. Details about earning SCECHs will be available in your registration confirmation email. 


Please contact Jayme Lesperance ( if you have a questions about this series or session.

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