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Published 1/27/2005

Internationally Known Literacy Author Visits Owens Community College, February 8

Miriam Trehearne Internationally known early childhood literacy author, Miriam Trehearne will visit Owens Community College to promote literacy success as part of her workshop titled, "Closing the Gaps by Third Grade: From High-Risk to Success," on Tuesday, February 8.

Two separate workshops will be held from 9:30-11:30 a.m. and 6-8 p.m. in the College's Center for Fine and Performing Arts. Owens is located on Oregon Road, four miles from downtown Toledo. Admission is free and open to the public. Teachers (preschool-third grade), administrators, staff developers, literacy and early childhood coaches, early literacy specialists, university educators, and consultants are encouraged to attend.

"Owens Community College is delighted that such a well-respected and accomplished early childhood literacy expert as Miriam Trehearne will be visiting Northwest Ohio," said Deb Ciecka, Owens Chair of Early Childhood and Paraprofessional Education. "Her insight, research and experiences will prove both entertaining and educational."

Each workshop session will provide a prototype of a successful research-based kindergarten program instrumental in closing the gaps by third grade in 56 low- achieving schools. The secret to the program's success include good first teaching and effective intervention, clear literacy benchmarks, developmentally appropriate assessments, evidence-based exciting teaching, effective intervention lesson frameworks, and meaningful home-school connections.

Trehearne is the author of three powerful, new resource books providing PreK-2 teachers with everything they need to promote literacy success. Her books include "The Comprehensive Literacy Resource for Preschool Teachers," "The Comprehensive Literacy Resource for Kindergarten Teachers" and "The Comprehensive Literacy Resource for Grades 1-2 Teachers."

With over 30 years of experience as a classroom teacher, resource teacher and exceptional-needs program specialist, Trehearne has been a longtime advocate for literacy awareness and speaks regularly at conferences in both North America and Europe. Additionally, Trehearne was the featured speaker at the International Reading Association (IRA) 49th annual reading convention in May 2004.

Trehearne's workshop is presented by Owens Community College, the University of Toledo and the Toledo Association for the Education of Young Children. For more information about the event, call (567) 661-7283 or 1-800-GO-OWENS, Ext. 7283.

Owens Community College is one of the fastest-growing higher educational institutions in Ohio. On the Toledo-area and Findlay-area campuses, Owens serves more than 44,000 credit and non-credit students, making it the number one choice for new college students. Owens is committed to providing small classes, personal attention and unmatched affordability. Owens Community College offers over 130 program areas in Agriculture, Business, Fine and Performing Arts, Health, Public Service, Skilled Trades, and Industrial and Engineering Technologies. Owens students also can earn the first two years of a bachelor's degree with a smooth transfer to any area four-year college or university.



 

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