New SVVSD program takes aim at the educational achievement gap armed with fun

Can you give a definition for 'prehensile?' The preschoolers at Burlington Elementary School can, thanks to a novel approach developedin Boulder, for expanding the vocabulary of young kids. 

Known as Big Word Club, Shane DeRolf, a Boulder-based children's author and producer , created the web-based program after doing some research into the achievement gap between children of different socioeconomic backgrounds. 

If education is the great equalizer, he thought, then why do children who start behind often stay behind? 

While it first believed to be some sort of genetic phenomena, study after study now shows that a child's vocabulary, or lack thereof, is the most effective determinant of a child's educational success . 

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