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October 19, 2002 - Issue 72


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Native American Literacy Institute to focus on teaching parents (The
Farmington Daily-Times 10/16)
The Native American Family Literacy Institute is coming to Shiprock to teach parents how they can support reading and learning activities at home. The conference will be held from 9 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. Oct. 25 at Ts Bit'A Middle School and is co-sponsored by Central School District's Indian Education Committee and The Center for the Education and Study of Diverse Populations, based in Albuquerque.

"Parents will learn strategies and techniques for reinforcing reading at home," said Betty McCorkey, a trainer with The Center for the Education and Study of Diverse Populations. "For example, Native Americans need a lot of visuals. We'll share creative ways to help children organize and structure their thinking when having to write a report."

The parent conference will also incorporate the Equal Chance, Equal Learning through Literacy Project, which focuses on improving reading and writing skills of Native American middle school students. The daylong conference will also address why teenagers act the way they do by providing the latest information on brain research. Parents will learn about the brain development of their adolescent children.

"The teenage brain is not as fully functional as we sometimes think it is," McCorkey said. In addition to specific strategies, brain research and the importance of reading, the parent conference will address reading legislation in the No Child Left Behind Act and what it means for parents.

Leah King, a parent with children in Central Schools who attended a similar conference in Farmington last spring, said that the conference provided her with a lot of valuable information regarding study habits and reconfirmed the literacy efforts her family was making at home. "My daughter was in preschool and we had to maintain a journal of our reading at home. We noticed her vocabulary increase as we read to her each night," King said. "The conference gave us a lot of projects that we can do at home with our children, whether they are in preschool or in middle school."

Randy Roberts, a parent from Naschitti who also attended the spring conference said, "I wish all parents could attend the workshop. They are very educational."

The Central Schools Indian Education Committee encourages all parents to attend this conference designed specifically for them and others to follow. The committee also plans to share information on student achievement data.

Information: Monica Lujan, (505) 368-4984 ext. 324.

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