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Strickland To Speak At TWU During Verizon Eminent Scholar Series

5/26/04


DENTON — “Fostering Literacy at Home and School” will be the focus of a presentation by Dr. Dorothy Strickland, professor of reading at Rutgers, the state University of New Jersey, as part of the Verizon Eminent Scholar Series at Texas Woman’s University.

The lecture, which is free and open to the public, will be presented at 6 p.m. Monday, June 14, in the auditorium of the Multipurpose Classroom and Laboratory Building, located on Bell Avenue on TWU’s Denton campus. For more information, contact the TWU Department of Reading at (940) 898-2227.

Dr. Strickland is the Samuel DeWitt Professor of Education at Rutgers and the former Arthur I. Gates Professor at Teacher College Columbia University. She taught in the New Jersey public schools for 11 years — six as a classroom teacher and five as a reading consultant and learning disability specialist.

Dr. Strickland is past president of both the International Reading Association and its Reading Hall of Fame, and is a past recipient of the association’s Outstanding Teacher Educator of Reading Award. She was the 1998 recipient of the National Council of Teachers of English Award as Outstanding Educator in the Language Arts, and in 1994 she received the Rewey Bell Inglis Award for Outstanding Women in the Teaching of English.

Her publications include more than 100 articles and books.

Funding from Verizon enables the TWU Department of Reading to invite scholars representing a wide range of early literacy expertise and perspective to meet with teachers who are a part of the Verizon Early Literacy Project as well as other graduate and undergraduate students, faculty and community educators.

In addition to the Eminent Scholars Series, the Verizon Early Literacy Grant also funds a collaborative effort between TWU and local school districts to train classroom literacy facilitators who, in turn, train classroom teachers in their districts. The project provides kindergarten through second grade teachers with knowledge and skills that enable them to maximize the literacy potential of every child in their regular classrooms.

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For Further Information Contact:

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