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Professional Learning

Build a solid foundation for academic achievement

  • Support literacy development and proficiency.
  • Implement a systemic plan for vocabulary instruction.
  • Learn a tiered approach to vocabulary terms.
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On-Site & Virtual Professional Learning for Vocabulary

Help your students learn new words and build literacy skills. Partner with Marzano Resources to learn strategies for teaching academic terms and designing a coordinated schoolwide plan for vocabulary instruction.

Where are you on your professional learning journey?

Your team is ready to gain understanding, inspiration, and strategies to begin a professional learning program. See one-day services

You need more intensive sessions to deepen understanding and further your progress. See two-to-four-day services

You want to embed key processes, practices, and procedures designed to significantly improve staff performance and student achievement. See multi-day services

Your Goal

Building Your Skills

One‑Day Services


In a customizable presentation, an associate will equip your team with the tools to help students learn vocabulary terms and close achievement gaps.

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Teaching Basic, Advanced, and Academic Vocabulary Overview

This training examines the link between vocabulary and students’ background knowledge and achievement. You’ll learn how to select terms for direct instruction, use a research-based process to teach those terms, and assess and track students’ progress with new terms.

  • Understand the importance of students having strong foundational vocabulary and its effect on academic achievement.
  • Ascertain the benefit of having a coordinated schoolwide plan for vocabulary instruction, including early literacy development.
  • Learn strategies for teaching students who require individualized assistance, such as students from poverty and English learners.
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Your Goal

Deepening Your Skills

Two‑to‑Four‑Day Services

Teaching Basic, Advanced, and Academic Vocabulary

Learn how to construct a strong foundation for literacy development and academic achievement through direct vocabulary instruction on tier 1, tier 2, and tier 3 terms. You’ll explore Dr. Robert J. Marzano’s analysis of more than 8,000 terms for grades K–5, organized into semantic clusters.

  • Understand how the cluster approach to vocabulary instruction helps students gradually learn the unique features of terms.
  • Gain word clusters specific to basic (tier one), advanced (tier two), and academic (tier three) terms.
  • Learn how to design a schoolwide plan for comprehensive vocabulary instruction.
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Vocabulary Coaching with Grade-Level or Content-Area Teams

Consider the critical terms—basic (tier one), advanced (tier two), and academic (tier three)—that students need to know by the end of the year, and make plans to directly teach the terms to students.

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Vocabulary Schoolwide Coordination Training

After grade-level or content-area teams have identified the terms to teach for their level or area, the entire school group (or representatives from each level or area) will come together to ensure that vocabulary instruction is coordinated, guaranteed, and viable across all grades and content areas.

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Teaching Tier One Vocabulary Terms

For grade levels or content areas responsible for teaching tier one terms, this training will orient you to the cluster approach and familiarize you with tools such as the Marzano Resources Online Vocabulary Tool. You’ll also gain specific strategies and resources that can be used with English learners.

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Teaching Tier Two and Tier Three Vocabulary Terms

For grade levels or content areas responsible for teaching tier two and tier three terms, this training focuses on Dr. Marzano’s six-step process for direct vocabulary instruction. You’ll also learn how to include additional vocabulary instruction as an accommodation or modification for specific groups of students.

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Your Goal

Sustaining Your Skills

Multi‑Day Services

Embedded Coaching

A Marzano Resources associate will work side by side with you to implement effective vocabulary instruction for all students. From best practices for direct vocabulary instruction to essential strategies that unify the entire school or district in a guaranteed, viable curriculum, your expert coach will help you create and implement the necessary systemic changes documented in your school’s individualized learning plan.

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Global PD Teams

Unlock unlimited access to professional learning videos and book chapters to strengthen vocabulary instruction in every classroom. Your PD library offers a variety of resources that illuminate a comprehensive approach to K-12 vocabulary instruction. Designed in collaboration with leading experts like Robert J. Marzano and Julia A. Simms, Global PD Teams provides meaningful web-based learning in an on-demand format that accommodates educators’ busy schedules.

  • Gain essential knowledge from 43 curated videos in The New Art and Science of Teaching PD playlist.
  • Benefit from just-in-time learning you can access anytime, anywhere, and on any device.
  • Organize playlists around your chosen topics and share among your group to increase engagement and learning.
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