Dr. Donald Bear

DR. DONALD BEAR

Professor Emeritus, Iowa State University
Professor Emeritus, University of Nevada, Reno
Former Board Member, International Literacy Association


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).

REGIONAL CONNECTIONS

  • Iowa, Nevada (Professional)
  • George Washington University, Washington, D.C. (Undergrad)
  • University of Virginia, Charlottesville, VA (M. Ed and Ph.D.)
  • Southern California (Current residence)
  • Minneapolis/St. Paul MN (Current residence)

SAMPLE TALKS/TOPICS

  • Word Study for All Leaners
  • Stages of Literacy Development
  • Early & Elementary Literacy
  • Vocabulary Building
  • Assessment
  • Reading/Spelling Difficulties
  • Foundational Skills/Phonics
  • Academic Vocabulary Study in the CCSS: Embedded, Deep and Generative Practices

ASSOCIATED PROGRAMS

  • Texas Wonders

KEY PUBLICATIONS

  • Bear, D. R., Invernizzi, M. A., Templeton, W. S., Johnston, F. (2016). Words Their Way: Phonics, vocabulary, and spelling instruction. 6th edition. Boston, MA: Allyn & Bacon.
  • Templeton, S., Bear, D. R., Invernizzi, M. R., Johnston, F., Flanigan, K., Townsend, D. R., ... & Hayes, L. (2015). Vocabulary their way: Word study with middle and secondary students. Pearson.
  • Johnston, F., Invernizzi, M., Helman, L., Bear, D., Templeton, S. (2014). Words Their Way for PreK – K learners. Boston, MA: Allyn & Bacon.
  • Helman, L. A., Bear, D. R., Templeton, S., Invernizzi, M. A., & Johnston, F. (2012). Words their way with English learners: Word Study for Phonics, Vocabulary, and Spelling Instruction. 2nd edition. Boston, MA: Allyn & Bacon.


RECENT ARTICLES AND CHAPTERS

  • Bear, D. R., von Gillern, S., Xi, W. (in press). Learning to Spell in English by Chinese Students: A Cross-sectional Study. TESOL International Journal.
  • Kiernan, D. & Bear, D. R. (2018). What spelling tells us about the orthographic development and word study instruction with emergent bilingual secondary students. Reading Psychology. doi: 10.1080/02702711.2017.1415241
  • Templeton, W. S., & Bear, D. R. (2018). Word study, research to practice: Spelling, phonics, meaning. In Lapp, D. and Fisher, D. (Eds.), Handbook of Research in the Teaching of English, 4th ed. (207-232). NY: Routledge.
  • Bear, D. R., Smith, R. (2016). The literacy development of English learners: What do we know about each student's literacy development? In L. Helman (Ed.)
  • Literacy development with English learners: Research-based instruction in grades K-6, 2nd ed. (109-140). New York: The Guilford Press.
  • Townsend, D., Bear, D., Templeton, S., & Burton, A. (2016). The implications of adolescents’ academic word knowledge for achievement and instruction. Reading Psychology 37.8, 1119-1148.


RECENT BOOKS

  • Bear, D. R., Johnston, F., Invernizzi, M., Templeton, S. (2018). Words their way letter and picture sorts for emergent spellers. 3rd edition. Boston: Allyn & Bacon.
  • Invernizzi, M., Johnston, F., Bear, D. R. (2018). Words their way word sorts for within word pattern spellers. 3rd edition. Boston: Allyn & Bacon.
  • Johnston, F., Bear, D.R., Invernizzi, M., Templeton, S. (2018). Words their way word sorts for letter name-alphabetic spellers. 3rd edition. Boston: Allyn & Bacon.
  • Johnston, F., Invernizzi, M., Bear, D. R. (2018). Words their way word sorts for syllables and affixes spellers. 3rd edition. Boston: Allyn & Bacon.
  • Flanigan, K., Hayes, T., Bear, D. R., Templeton, W. S. (2016). Words Their Way: Vocabulary for American history. Boston, MA: Allyn & Bacon.
  • Helman, L. A., Cramer, K., Johnston, F., Bear, D. R. (2016). Word Their Way: Vocabulary for elementary mathematics. Boston, MA: Allyn & Bacon.
  • Picard, M., Meadows, A., Invernizzi, M. A., Johnston, F., Bear, D. R. (2017). Words their Way for parents and tutors. Boston, MA: Allyn & Bacon.
  • Helman, L., Bear, D. R., Invernizzi, M., Templeton, S., & Johnston, F. (2014). Words their way: Within word pattern sorts for Spanish-speaking English learners. Boston: Allyn & Bacon.

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.

Dr. Donald Bear