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Teachers Invited to Symposium

BOONE–Ways to improve students’ vocabulary and other word skills will be the focus of the 32nd Annual Uberto Price Reading and Language Arts Symposium at Appalachian State University Sept. 14.

Teachers are encouraged to participate in “Facets of Word: Vocabulary, Orthography, Poetry and Play,” which features presentations by language arts specialists Dr. Camille Blachowicz and Dr. Kathy Ganske, and poet-performer Ray McNiece.

The symposium will be held 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. in the Broyhill Inn and Conference Center. Registration is $20 for students and $60 for others. To register, call the Office of Conferences and Institutes at (828) 262-3045. For program information, call Dr. Janet Bloodgood at (828) 262-6040.

The symposium offers participants the opportunity to examine vocabulary, spelling, poetry and word play.

Blachowicz is director of National-Louis University’s reading specialist program. She will discuss vocabulary development and its key role in comprehension instruction.

Ganske, a former classroom teacher now on the faculty of Rowan University, will explore word study and discuss its applications in the classroom.

McNiece is an award-winning poet-performer with Page to Stage Productions and has been a featured poet at the Asheville Poetry Festival, The Florida Shakespeare Festival and the Alabama Young Authors Conference. He will invite participants to play with words through performance poetry.

The Uberto Price Reading and Language Arts Symposium is sponsored by Appalachian’s Department of Language, Reading and Exceptionalities and reading/language arts program, which are housed in the Reich College of Education.

Uberto Price, professor emeritus, directed Appalachian’s reading program from 1955 to 1982. He was well known for establishing summer reading programs for public school teachers in North and South Carolina, and as a reading consultant at colleges and conferences across the United States.