DENTON — Lesley
Mandel Morrow, a professor at Rutgers University's Graduate School of Education
and coordinator of the school's literacy program, will lecture at Texas Woman's
University on Sept. 23 as part of the Verizon Eminent Scholar Series. Her
talk, titled "Exemplary Practice in Literacy Instruction: What We've
Learned from Research," will take place in the Multipurpose Classroom
Laboratory Building (MCL) auditorium at 6 p.m. The program is free.
Dr. Morrow began her
career as a classroom teacher and later became a reading specialist. Her area
of research deals with early literacy development and the organization and
management of language arts programs. She has received numerous grants for
her research and serves as an adviser to the High Scope Research Institute
on Early Literacy.
Dr. Morrow is president
of the International Reading Association (IRA), which has 90,000 members in
99 countries. Previously, she was elected to the board of directors of the
National Reading Conference and the IRA.
Funding from Verizon
enables the TWU Department of Reading to invite scholars representing a wide
range of early literacy expertise to speak to teachers who are 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, Verizon also funds a program between TWU and local school districts to train classroom literacy facilitators who then 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 classrooms.
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