Bloomsburg University hosts 41st annual Reading Conference

For Immediate Release

Date: May 9, 2005

BLOOMSBURG— Bloomsburg University of Pennsylvania will host its 41st annual Reading Conference Thursday and Friday, May 12 and 13. The conference will open at 8:30 a.m. Thursday and conclude at noon Friday with sessions held in Kehr Union and Carver and Centennial halls.

According to Chris Cherrington, director of the university’s graduate reading program, the annual event focuses on the best practices to teach reading and writing to students in kindergarten through 12th grade. The program is designed to give teachers insight into the latest instructional techniques to be used in the classroom.

The conference features workshops and presentations by authors, consultants, college professors, classroom teachers and illustrators. Keynote speaker Carolyn Brown, co-founder of Breakthrough to Literacy, will offer two presentations, “As the Pendulum Swings: Recognizing Meaningful Differences in How Children Comprehend Text” and “Teaching Children to Comprehend Text.”

Featured speakers and their topics are:

- Dan Gutman, children’s author, “Reading, Writing and Sports” and a meet-the-author session

- Dottie Hall, Four Blocks Developer, author and consultant, “Multilevel Phonics Instruction” and “Writing the Four Blocks Way”

- Jack Hartmann, children’s singer, songwriter, author and educator, “Let Music Make Learning Fun” and “Shake, Rattle ’n’ Read”

- Sara Holbrook, poet, “Wham! It’s a Poetry Jam” and “Practical Poetry: A Non-Standard Approach to Content Standards”

- Debbie Miller, author and consultant, “Readers’ Workshop in a First-Grade Classroom” and “Readers’ Workshop in Second- and Third-Grade Classrooms”

- Pat DeRosia, Language Links educational consultant, “Strategic Teaching and Learning: Content Literacy Across the Secondary Curriculum,” “Words and More Words: Teaching Vocabulary in Grades 6 to 12,” “Language Links: Literary Response and Analysis” and “Struggling Readers: What We Know and What We Can Do”

- Laura Robb, author and staff developer, “Scaffolding Reading Instruction”

- Barbara Wilson, director, Wilson Language Training, “Wilson Prevention and Early Intervention for Primary Children” and “Wilson Reading System for Struggling Readers Beyond Grade 2”

For information, contact the Bloomsburg University Reading Center at (570) 389-4092.

Bloomsburg University is one of 14 universities in Pennsylvania’s State System of Higher Education. The university serves approximately 8,000 students and offers 65 bachelor’s, 17 master’s and one doctoral degree.