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Curriculum and Instruction

Education Research Afternoon

This two-part event includes a presentation and Q&A on a topic related to conducting research in PreK-12 education and an hour to get feedback and support for your current education research project. Attend either session. The 3:30 presentation will be "Literacy through Science: Re-engineering the Educational Environment for Optimal Performance in More than One Domain," presented by Soh Meacham and Beth Van Meeteren, of the UNI Regents' Center for Early Developmental Education. If you plan to attend the 4:30 research working session, please RSVP at

Jacobson Center and Reading Recovery Literacy Academy

The Richard O. Jacobson Center for Comprehensive Literacy and the Reading Recovery Program of Iowa will host the fourth annual Jacobson Center and Reading Recovery Literacy Academy - a place of study and training in Partnerships in Comprehensive Literacy and Reading Recovery. Specific strands will be available for: Reading Recovery teachers and teacher leaders; Comprehensive Literacy Model (CLM) coaches and classroom teachers; Comprehensive Intervention Model (CIM) coaches, CIM teachers, and interventionists; and Partnerships in Comprehensive Literacy (PCL) administrators and school leaders. Keynote speakers include Doug Fisher, professor, Educational Leadership at San Diego State University and a teacher leader at Health Sciences High & Middle College; Linda Dorn, professor, Reading Education at the University of Arkansas at Little Rock; and Salli Forbes, director of the Jacobson Center and Reading Recovery Program of Iowa. A special celebration will be held to commemorate the 25th anniversary of Reading Recovery in Iowa.

Educating Educators Conference

The Multicultural Teaching Alliance will host its annual Educating Educators conference. Keynote speaker will be Gregory Michie, author of such books as We Don't Need Another Hero: Struggle, Hope, and Possibility in the Age of High Stakes Schooling and Holler If You Hear Me: The Education of a Teacher and His Students. This event is free and open to all teacher education students, staff and faculty.

Summer Camp: Learning Literacy, Reading, Math, Creations and Designs

This camp is especially designed for those who love to read, are eager to read better and/or learn how to begin reading. Located especially in the University of Northern Iowa's Rod Library Youth Collection where lots of childhood favorites and award winning books are located will be available. There will be many literacy-related arts and crafts and designer activities planned with a daily theme. Reading can take you everywhere as we also explore many of the sights and sounds on the University's campus such as the Maucker Union, Wellness and Recreation Center and many more! Children will also learn many of the skills of authoring, illustrating and publishing their own personal books!

Become a leader through other creative experiences with an integrated approach to literacy- creating our own rap music to be shared outside like a real literacy atmosphere. We will also spend some time with outside creative arts such as sidewalk chalk-writing and writing with water! Lots of literacy learning and fun!

Fourth Annual African-American Children and Families Conference

The theme of the Fourth Annual African-American Children and Families Conference is "A Chorus of Voices: Connecting the Community through Conversation." There will be a pre-conference panel discussion, African American Males and Females: A Journey to Success, Thursday, Feb. 19, 5-9 p.m. The conference begins at 8 a.m. Friday, Feb. 20, with keynote speakers Patricia Russell-McCloud and Theodora Phea Pinnock. The conference is designed for educators, administrators, childcare providers, law enforcement, policy makers, social workers, health professionals, business leaders and anyone committed to improving the lives of children. The goal is to promote a better understanding of culture, ethnicity, race, socioeconomic status and the needs of African-American children and families. There is no cost for UNI students and faculty. Sponsored by the College of Education.


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