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TWU to host 40th Annual Rose F. Spicola Forum in Reading on Jan. 28


DENTON — Teacher interaction with students and its effect on learning is the focus of the 40th Annual Rose F. Spicola Forum in Reading, scheduled from 8 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturday, Jan. 28 at Texas Woman’s University. Dr. Peter H. Johnston, a professor at the University at Albany-SUNY, will be the keynote speaker. Professional storyteller Toni Simmons of Dallas will be featured in an afternoon session.

Titled “Revealing the Future: Teachers’ Language and Children’s Learning,” the conference will take place in the Multipurpose Classroom and Laboratory Building (MCL), located on Bell Avenue on TWU’s Denton campus. The cost is $55, with on-site registration beginning at 8 a.m. For more information, call (940) 898-3408 or 1-800-250-7808 or visit www.twu.edu/cope/rd/spicola.

The conference also will feature a tribute to Dr. Spicola, who taught at TWU for 31 years and was a leader in the development of the reading program at the university. She and Dr. Aileen Griffin co-founded the Fall Forum in Reading in 1966. The TWU Department of Reading and Bilingual Education renamed the forum in her honor in 1997. Dr. Spicola will attend the conference on Jan. 28.

Focus areas of the conference include “Classroom Interactions that Support Learning,” “Collegial Conversations,” “Literacy Assessment: Learning from Listening” and “Engaging Contexts for Literacy Learning.”

Dr. Johnston will discuss “The Language of Teaching and Learning” in his keynote speech. His research addresses the consequences of teaching and assessment practices for the lives of children and teachers, and for the literacies children acquire. His most recent books include “Choice Words: How our Language Affects Children’s Learning” and “Critical Literacy/Critical Teaching: Tools for Preparing Responsive Teachers” with Cheryl Dozier and Rebecca Rogers.

Dr. Johnston served on the editorial boards of the “Reading Research Quarterly,” “Journal of Literacy Research,” “Elementary School Journal” and “Literacy Teaching and Learning.” He chaired the International Reading Association and National Council of Teachers of English Joint Task Force on Assessment that produced their position document “Standards for the Assessment of Reading and Writing.” The International Reading Association recognized his research with the Albert J. Harris Award for his contribution to the understanding of reading disability.

The Rose F. Spicola Forum in Reading brings outstanding scholars in reading education to Texas Woman’s University for the benefit of students and teachers in the Dallas-Fort Worth area. The conference also provides an opportunity for TWU students and area teachers to make presentations about their research and teaching practices. 


For Further Information Contact:

Karen Garcia
Senior Copywriter
Tel: (940) 898-3456
e-mail: kgarcia@twu.edu

Page last updated January 22, 2009

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