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International Author Hosts Workshops and Book Signing

013105haydentorey_dl.jpgBOONE—Special educator, child psychologist, and international author Torey Hayden will conduct a workshop titled “Relationship-Driven Classroom Management” at the Broyhill Inn and Conference Center’s Trillium Room at Appalachian State University March 17-18.

The university’s Reich College of Education and Office of International Programs present the two-day workshop to coincide with the national debut of Hayden’s new book, “Twilight Children,” in Boone. Hayden, a native of north Wales, has written eight books that chronicle her work with troubled and abused children.

The workshop, which is free, runs from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. both days. Black Bear Books, located in Boone, will host a reception and book signing after the March 17 workshop session.

To register for the workshop, or for more information, contact Appalachian professor Mike Marlowe at or at (828) 262-6085. On-site registration for one hour of CEU credit is available for $10.

Marlowe, a professor of special education at Appalachian for 18 years, said the upcoming workshop is designed for teachers and other child care workers who are interested in classroom management strategies that enhance teacher-student relationships. The workshop will also address reaching difficult students who have experienced physical, sexual or emotional abuse. Hayden is the most widely read educator in the field of child abuse and trauma with more than one million copies of her books in print, Marlowe said.

“Her teacher stories offer readers a real-world look at the joys, challenges and struggles of teaching troubled children,” Marlowe wrote about Hayden’s last book, “Beautiful Child,” which was published in 2002. Marlowe and colleagues have authored several academic research papers on the use of Hayden’s books to both train new teachers and to influence teachers’ perceptions of children with special needs.

Hayden’s first book, “One Child,” (1980) focuses on Sheila, a silent, troubled six-year-old who has tied a 3-year-old to a tree and critically burned him. A follow-up to “One Child,” titled “The Tiger’s Child,” came out in 1995. Hayden published four other non-fiction books in a 10-year span: “Somebody Else’s Kids” (1982), “Murphy’s Boy” (1983), “Just Another Kid” (1986) and “Ghost Girl” (1992). “The Sunflower Forest” and “The Very Worst Thing” are Hayden’s two works of fiction.

” The Very Worst Thing” is a children’s book that Hayden will discuss with students at Grandfather Academy in Banner Elk, N.C. Grandfather Academy is a charter school for children estranged by physical and sexual abuse.

Every child and youth care worker needs to read Hayden to better understand troubled and abused children, Marlowe said. Three million cases of child abuse are reported in the United States each year, one million of which are confirmed by social services, Marlowe said. Marlowe estimated two or three out of every 25 children in an average elementary school classroom are victims of some form of abuse.

For more information about both Hayden’s and Marlowe’s work, visit