University of Hawai'i
(808) 956-8856 Telephone
For Immediate Release:
January 30, 2001
Judith Fox-Goldstein, (808)-974-7555
|Literacy teachers take note!|
With all the talk of education and literacy at the White House these days, local educators should note that an important literacy conference is taking place right here in Hawai`i.
The Aloha State Council, in conjunction with the International Reading Association and the State of Hawai`i Department of Education, present "Horizons 2001: Transforming Literacy Teaching and Learning," March 2-4, 2001 at the Sheraton Waikiki. Early registration deadline is Friday, February 9.
Addressing the need for transforming literacy teaching and learning, Dr. Allan Luke will be the opening keynote speaker on Friday evening, March 2. Dr. Luke is the Dean and Head of Faculty at the University of Queensland in Australia and also serves as the Deputy Director of General Education in Queensland. His lifetime work is critical literacy as it has developed in Australia, a country highly regarded internationally for its progressive work in literacy education.
Dr. Jane Hansen, second keynote speaker, from the University of Virginia, will address the audience on Saturday morning, March 3. Dr. Hansen, a former elementary school teacher, has done extensive work in reading, writing, and evaluation.
The ASC conference also features 14 breakout sessions on Saturday, March 2, and a special closing session that will bring together Dr. Luke and Dr. Hansen. There are sessions for all teaching audiences, ranging from portfolios of learning to stories of school community efforts in literacy education.
Four post-conference intensive sessions are offered on Sunday, March 4, for conference participants who want to get hands-on experience with understanding Hawai'i reading performance standards and their implementation in the classroom; exploring folk tales as the means for helping students see themselves as part of a larger cultural story; learning how to bring popular culture into classrooms as a way to transform our teaching and students' learning; and integrating literature and music to foster language development, auditory memory, and writing skills.
Conference participants will be treated to two other special events. On Friday evening the award-winning Pidg Latin, a comedy written by Yokanaan Kearns, will be performed by the Honolulu Theatre for Youth. The play looks at relationships of power and identity through language.
The conference is coordinated by the University of Hawai`i at Hilo Conference
Center. For a registration packet, please call Judith Fox-Goldstein at (808)