GSE Hosts Forum on Adolescent Literacy

Posted: February 10, 2000 at 1:00 am, Last Updated: November 30, -0001 at 12:00 am

The Graduate School of Education (GSE) cosponsors a forum, “Renewing Our Commitment to Adolescent Literacy Learners: Focus on Middle and High School Reading,” with the International Reading Association, the Greater Washington Reading Council, and the Virginia State Reading Association on Saturday, Feb. 12, from 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. in the Johnson Center Multipurpose Room.

The purpose of the forum–open to teachers, reading specialists, curriculum supervisors, administrators, teacher educators, and school librarians and media specialists–is to underscore the critical importance of literacy in the lives of middle and high school students and to review a commitment to adolescent literacy learners.

Carol Rasco of the U.S. Department of Education, director of America Reads, gives the opening remarks, followed by sessions on “The Straw that Stirs the Drink: Adolescent Literacy and Learning” and “The Struggling Adolescent Reader: A Guided Tour of Classroom Tested Ideas” and focus groups facilitated by Adolescent Literacy Commission members. Susan Hynds, professor of education at Syracuse University and author of On the Brink: Negotiating Literature and Life with Adolescents, gives the lunch keynote address, and breakout sessions on creating positive contexts for adolescent literacy learning round out the forum activities.

For more information on the forum, contact Betty Sturtevant, GSE, at x32052.

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