Evidence-Based Practices for Vocabulary Instruction


The Strategies for Reading Information and Vocabulary Effectively (STRIVE) professional development (PD) model was developed through funding from the Institute of Education Sciences, U.S. Department of Education. As part of this research project, a cadre of upper-elementary school teachers worked closely with researchers at The University of Texas at Austin and Texas A&M University to design evidence-based practices for social studies instruction in Grades 4 and 5. The STRIVE PD model featuring these practices was refined through researcher-practitioner collaboration, the latest developments in reading research, and the results of pilot studies. Several efficacy trials have reported positive outcomes in teacher quality and student vocabulary and comprehension development as a result of participation in STRIVE PD.

This research brief provides in-depth descriptions of the STRIVE evidence-based vocabulary practices.


The Meadows Center for Preventing Educational Risk. (2020). Evidence-based practices for vocabulary instruction. Austin, TX: Author.