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UW Fall Literacy Education Conference for Teachers is Oct. 2-3

September 17, 2015

Current literacy issues will be discussed at the University of Wyoming during the fall Literacy Education Conference for Wyoming teachers Oct. 2-3.

The conference targets pre-kindergarten, elementary and middle-level Wyoming teachers and librarians who will explore current issues and trends in multimodal literacies for classroom learning. Multimodal literacies is a term acknowledging that people read and gain meaning from pictures, videos, diagrams, graphs and other modes of communication, in addition to print.

Registration for the conference is free, but closes Friday, Sept. 25. Sessions will be held at the UW College of Education Annex and Education Building auditorium. To register, visit

The UW Literacy Research Center and Clinic, Wyoming School-University Partnership and the College of Education sponsor the conference.

The conference will feature two keynote speakers plus workshops and breakout sessions. Participants are encouraged to bring laptops or tablets for the many interactive workshops and breakout sessions.

Keynote speaker Jeanne Paratore will present “Teaching Literacy with and through Technology: Why it Matters” Saturday, Oct. 3, at 8 a.m. in the Education Building auditorium. She is an education professor, faculty director of the Literacy and Language Education Cluster, and reading and literacy education program director at Boston University.

Paratore is the principal investigator of a funded study of effects of integrating PBS programming with sound instructional practices on development of early literacy and early mathematics abilities.

The second keynote speaker, Bridget Dalton, will present “Multimodal Composers at Work in a Time of New Literacies and Common Core Standards” Saturday, Oct. 3, at noon, also in the Education Building auditorium.

Dalton is an associate professor in literacy studies at the University of Colorado-Boulder. She designs and studies digital reading and multimodal composing environments, with special attention to the interests and needs of students who are experiencing literacy difficulties.

Wyoming Professional Teaching Standards Board (PTSB) renewal credit will be available to Wyoming certified teachers as well as one hour EDCI 5959 graduate credit. Signups to earn a half PTSB credit will be taken Saturday, Oct. 3, at the conference. This credit is available to certified Wyoming teachers only.

For more information, including online registration and a tentative agenda, visit - edci.

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