Tuesday, September 28, 2010

Putting an End to Illiteracy

Nearly two-thirds of American fourth-graders aren’t reading at grade level. Anthony Pedriana, a teacher and retired elementary school principal, will be speaking this Wednesday, September 29, at 7 PM in the Ken Olsen Science Center about how to put an end to this growing problem of illiteracy in children.

Pedriana will provide insight into which reading programs are most effective, based on extensive scientific research and his 30 years of working with children in Milwaukee. He will also discuss his recent book on the subject, Leaving Johnny Behind: Overcoming Barriers to Literacy and Reclaiming At-Risk Readers.

Priscilla Nelson, assistant professor of education, comments, “At a time when many teachers and administrators feel discouraged by numerous reports of low reading scores, Pedriana’s experience is a voice of hope. Together we can do something that yields positive results.”

This free Gordon event is informative not only for teachers and administrators, but also for parents, who often have questions on how schools are teaching their children to read. “It will take a cooperative effort to end illiteracy and produce a new generation of readers,” says Nelson. “Pedriana’s progress shows this is possible.”

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