30-minute Webcast

"The Wealth in Words": Vocabulary and Social Inequality

A Student Success Week 2014 Session

What does the teaching of vocabulary have to do with social inequality? And, how does vocabulary size correlate to intelligence and real-world competence?

Join us for this unique conversation with noted and influential education reformer, E.D. Hirsch, Jr. as he shares with us his insights into the importance of content-based instruction and how the teaching of vocabulary--within the context of a cumulative and sequenced curriculum--can affect change in our educational system.


E. D. Hirsch, Jr. is the founder of the Core Knowledge Foundation and professor emeritus of education and humanities at the University of Virginia. He is the author of several acclaimed books on education issues including the best-seller "Cultural Literacy." With his subsequent books "The Schools We Need and Why We Don’t Have Them,""The Knowledge Deficit," and "The Making of Americans," Dr. Hirsch solidified his reputation as one of the most influential education reformers of our time.

Jason Chu is Education Director for Turnitin. His focus is on working to build resources for educators, and his personal passion is to find better ways to enhance student achievement. He will be moderating this webinar.

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