Advancing the Skills of Tennessee Students    

Tennessee Academic Vocabulary

Advancing the Skills of Tennessee Students


Serving identified schools at every level from preschool through high school, SPDG helps sustain important services to schools, administrators, teachers, and students and their families so that children and youth will achieve strong literacy and pre-literacy skills.

To that end, SPDG is providing theory and strategies relating to the Tennessee Academic Vocabulary as a product to assist teachers in advancing the reading skills of students through common knowledge in content areas K-12.

Vocabulary Theory

Susan Benner, ED.D
Professor and Head
Early Childhood/Special/Urban Multicultural Education: University of Tennessee at Knoxville

Anne McGill-Franzen, Ph.D
Professor and Director of the Reading Center: University of Tennessee at Knoxville

Sherry Mee Bell, Ph.D
Associate Professor
Modified/Early Childhood Special Education: University of Tennessee at Knoxville