Non-Standardized Approaches to Literacy: Empowering Teachers Institute

Frank Smith

Teachers from the New York Metropolitan area will participate in the College’s Child Development Institute's 13th Annual Empowering Teachers Summer Institute "Pathways to Literacy: Non-Standardized Approaches to the Enhancement and Assessment of Literacy across the Curriculum," July 9-13. The institute will focus on the 'art of teaching,' helping educators learn the skills they need to teach literacy while providing avenues for teaching with creativity.

With pressure on teachers to meet state standards in reading and writing the institute not only helps teachers help their students master the standards, it helps them remember why they chose the profession of teaching in the first place. A teacher at a previous institute commented: "The creative sparks fly around the table...igniting other sparks as they go."

On Monday, July 9, Frank Smith, writer and researcher will deliver the keynote address: Learning, Literacy and the Dilemmas of Teaching. Dr. Smith has published extensively on language and literacy. His current research interests include mathematics, and the social and cultural consequences of technology, including language. He is also the author of short stories, poetry and a novel.

Institute workshop topics include: Literacy in the Context of Math & Technology, Literacy Across the Curriculum, Social Studies and Literacy, Poetry Workshop, and Making Books.