Dr. Donald Bear is Professor Emeritus in literacy education at Iowa State University and University of Nevada, Reno where he taught at all levels, and directed reading centers. He is an author and co-author of numerous articles, chapters, and 17 books— including Words Their Way, 6th edition, Words Their Way for PreK – K Learners, Words Their Way with English Learners, 2nd edition, Vocabulary Their Way, 2nd edition, and Words Their Way with Struggling Readers. Donald has been a classroom teacher, is involved in innovative professional development activities, and his work in assessment and word study is used widely. He has received several awards for teaching and service, and was recently a board member of the International Literacy Association (ILA).
Vocabulary learning is intertwined with concept development. Words describe ideas, and, in discussions of vocabulary, students expand and refine their thinking. The key to vocabulary learning is to uncover the concepts that underlie the vocabulary.