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Verizon Eminent Scholar Series Continues With Dr. Lesley Mandel Morrow

9/4/03


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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