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TWU To Host Reading Recovery Institute, Texas Literacy Summit

10/15/04


DENTON — More than 3,000 reading and literacy specialists, educators and concerned parents are converging on Dallas for Texas Woman’s University’s Reading Recovery Institute.

The institute will be held Nov. 17-18 at the Adam’s Mark Hotel in Dallas. Additional information is available at www.twu.edu/lifelong or by contacting the TWU Office of Lifelong Learning at (940) 898-3408 or (800) 250-7808.

Approaching literacy from the early years as well as adulthood is the topic of the Texas Literacy Summit, to be conducted during the institute. The summit, sponsored by Verizon, will focus on the greater community literacy and the need to create a synergy between adult and childhood literacy.

Reading Recovery is designed to help children who have difficulty reading and writing improve their skills. Most students who complete a full Reading Recovery program can learn in a regular classroom and don’t need additional remedial services.

TWU is one of 23 Reading Recovery university training centers in the United States and one of only two universities in the U.S. providing training for Descubriendo La Lectura, the Spanish language version of Reading Recovery.

Carol Lyons, professor emerita of the School of Teaching and Learning at The Ohio State University, will be the institute’s opening keynote speaker. Her presentation, titled “Teaching Struggling Readers from the Inside Out,” will use brain-based research to demonstrate that every child is capable of learning to read and write.

Linda Dorn, professor of reading education and director of the Reading Recovery and Training Center at the University of Arkansas at Little Rock, will present the closing keynote address. Her session, titled “Understanding Comprehension,” will focus on ways teachers can prompt for deep comprehension in contrast to surface level thinking.

Dorn also will speak on this topic when she presents the keynote address for both the early literacy and administrators sessions.

Additional experts in reading and early literacy also will present lectures and workshops during the institute.

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For Further Information Contact:

Roy Kron
Director of News and Information
Tel: (940) 898-3456
e-mail: rkron@twu.edu