Conference draws approximately 1,000 educators and students from across the state
Laura Hancock | University Advancement | firstname.lastname@example.org
6 March 2007
LA GRANDE, Oregon - Five education professors and more than 40 Eastern Oregon University students attended a recent Oregon Reading Association Conference in Portland in February.
The conference drew approximately 1,000 educators and students from across the state. The Oregon Reading Association is the state affiliate of the International Reading Association and provides professional support and networking opportunities for teachers.
EOU professors Allen Evans, Ray Brown, Karyn Gomez, Pam Elges, Rosemary Siring and two students from EOU's center at Mt. Hood Community College gave presentations.
"No other university in the state had anywhere near this level of participation," said Carol Lauritzen, professor of education and chair of the teacher education program at EOU. "Presenters are peer-reviewed and selected from many who wish to present, so this is a real achievement for EOU's faculty."
Drawing on their expertise in elementary education and social studies, Evans and Brown delivered a combined presentation using three books by Oregon children's book author Walt Morey to illustrate the connection between his fictional stories and real historical events.
Gomez gave a strategy-based presentation on the upper-elementary school age readers' comprehension of informational texts. Elges' presentation on word sorting, proficiency and recognition strategies was geared for primary students and diversity was the topic addressed by Siring and the two students from Mt. Hood.
"The conference is a great chance to reconnect with colleagues on the west side of the state," Evans said. "Even though it is geared mainly for public elementary school teachers, we share the same goals in the college classroom and teaching ideas can always be exchanged."
Students are also encouraged to attend the conference and are invited to join the Oregon Reading Association at a discounted membership rate, which continues three years into their teaching career.
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