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Vocabulary Research Helps Pave the Way to Literacy

Vocabulary is a major stumbling block for many adolescents with learning disabilities who are trying to learn to read, but a UNC Charlotte researcher is developing ways to make it easier for these students to learn and retain key words.

Kristen Beach, an assistant professor in the Department of Special Education and Child Development, and a colleague from the University of California, Riverdale, received a grant of nearly $1.5 million from the Institute of Education Sciences to fund a new study. It’s called "Vocabulary CHAAOS: Creating Habits that Accelerate Academic Language of Students," and it explores an area of the utmost importance for young readers.

"Knowing the meanings of words is critical for developing clear and accurate understanding of text," said Beach. "Providing instruction in academic vocabulary words that appear across subject areas with high frequency is imperative for struggling readers and students with disabilities to have a chance of independently reading and understanding grade-level or near grade-level text."

University Listed in Guide to Green Colleges

UNC Charlotte is listed in the seventh annual edition of Princeton Review’s "green guide," which features the 361 most environmentally responsible colleges in the nation.

The University’s continued excellence as the region’s premiere urban research institution, its commitment to build all future building projects to LEED design standards and the successful implementation of a zero-waste initiative factored into this designation.

Tyler Sytsma, the University’s sustainability coordinator, stated, "Many of our students come to college wanting to make a positive impact in the world, and it is our responsibility as a University to give them the tools and infrastructure they need to make that impact."