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FGCU National Writing Project Invites Educators to Spring Conference March 24
2/8/2007

FORT MYERS, FL - The National Writing Project at Florida Gulf Coast University invites educators to the spring conference 8:30 a.m. to 3 p.m., Saturday, March 24 in Academic Building V to learn more about bringing a better understanding of literacy into the classroom.

"Pathways to Literacy: Every Child Reading and Writing" addresses ways to create adventure, knowledge and wisdom in the classroom.

Keynote speaker is Richard Allington, a noted author and professor of education at the University of Tennessee. He previously served as Irving and Rose Fien Distinguished Professor of Education at the University of Florida, and as chair of the Department of Reading at the University at Albany, State University of New York.

Prior to beginning his career as a teacher educator and instructional researcher, Allington was an elementary school classroom teacher and a Title I director in poor rural schools. He has authored over 100 research articles and several books.

Allington's recent book Big Brother and the National Reading Curriculum: How Ideology Trumped Evidence, examines the influence of failed federal educational policy on reading instruction.

Allington is a past president of International Reading Association, or IRA. He has served as president of the National Reading Conference and as member of International Reading Association Board of Directors. He is co-recipient of the Albert J. Harris Award from IRA in recognition for his work contributing to the understanding of reading and learning disabilities. In addition, he has been named to the IRA Reading Hall of Fame.

Registration for the conference is $60 for the general public and $25 for FGCU students. On-site registration is not available due to limited space. Registrations will be processed on a first come basis.

The FGCU National Writing Project, located in the College of Education, is a grant-funded partnership and cooperative effort between FGCU and the area schools of Southwest Florida. It is an affiliate of the National Writing Project, a collaborative university-school staff development program to improve the teaching and learning of writing in the nation's classrooms.

Begun in 1973 as the Bay Area Writing Project at the University of California at Berkeley, the National Writing Project has grown into an international network of projects reaching approximately 83,000 teachers a year.

For more information, contact co-director of the FGCU National Writing Project Patricia Wachholz at (239) 590-7808 or visit the National Writing Project at FGCU website at http://coe.fgcu.edu/fgcwp/.









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