EVENT Early Literacy Conference to be held at Rice tomorrow

More than 350 educators from public, private and charter schools in the Greater Houston area will gather at Rice University's 14th annual Early Literacy Conference on Saturday, Jan. 19, from 8 a.m. to 2:45 p.m., to discuss critical issues impacting the development of literacy among young children. The event takes place at Duncan Hall.

Patsy Cooper, founding director of the Susanne M. Glasscock School of Continuing Studies' School Literacy and Culture Project (SLC) and a nationally recognized author and educator, will deliver the keynote address, "The Baby and the Bathwater: A Critical Look at Early Childhood Education in the 21st Century," followed by breakout sessions focusing on literacy issues among young children.

"Early childhood educators know so much about how young children think and learn, yet our current educational system often requires teachers to work in ways that narrow children's learning opportunities," said  Karen Capo, director of the School Literacy and Culture Project. "The School Literacy and Culture Project is proud to provide a forum in  which novice and experienced teachers of young children explore innovative, research-based approaches to early education.”

Conference sessions will include practical suggestions for differentiating instruction, promoting creative thought and applying cutting-edge approaches to second-language learning being developed with prekindergarteners at the Rice Oral Language and Literacy Laboratory in HISD.

For a map of Rice University's campus, go to http://www.rice.edu/maps/maps.html

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