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Jenny Shanker, MLS, Stratford Program, Arlington Public Schools, Arlington, VA. Jenny has worked as the librarian at the Stratford Program for the past three years. Previous to that, she was a children’s librarian for the Arlington Public Library system. jenny.shanker@apsva.us Rachael Smolen, M.S., CCC-SLP, Bucks County Intermediate Unit #22, Bucks County, PA Rachael began working for the Intermediate Unit this past August, working with students on a caseload, as well as serving on their assistive technology team. Previous to that, she worked in the Arlington Public Schools in Arlington, VA for 14 years, serving as a therapist to students, as …

Strategies for Teaching Core Vocabulary Throughout the School Day What do we say when we speak? Do you ever think about which words you use the most? How can taking into account frequency of use help us to teach meaningful communication? Research shows that 80% of what we say is communicated with only the 200 most basic words in our language. (Baker & Hill, 2000) These word types are known as core vocabulary. They are the words we use across contexts throughout the day. Examples of these types of words include: want, need, see, have, use, no, off, done, listen …