Claire receives grant for Literacy Action Network
year UW-Eau Claire students contribute thousands of hours helping
area children and teenagers improve their abilities to read and write.
They are involved in community and campus-based programs such as Jumpstart,
Reading Partners, America Reads and other programs designed to increase
reading readiness and other literacy skills.
A new grant project will boost the students'
efforts by establishing a Literacy Action Network at UW-Eau Claire.
The network will pull together campus-based literacy efforts and help
the university develop a coherent, organized and community-based approach
to literacy, said project manager Donald Mowry, director of the Center
Literacy Action Network will also give added visibility to all of
the opportunities that exist for students to complete their service-learning
requirement," Mowry added.
said the $5,500 grant and matching university funds will enable participants
in the various literacy programs to come together in a seminar starting
in the spring 2003 semester. The monthly seminar will address literacy
education in the U.S., diversity and tolerance, Hmong culture, socio-economic
issues affecting literacy, model local programs and collaborations,
English as a Second Language and immigration, family literacy and
literacy across the lifespan.
plans include a goal of moving the seminar around to various literacy
program sites. The seminar will be non-credit bearing, but plans are
to explore the possibility of granting credit to those participants
who maintain a high level of participation and complete a final project.
is also a provision to plan and manage a semester's end action
project with a literacy focus," he said. "The seminar
participants will plan the project, which may involve a day of celebration,
literacy-focused fun and games and family literacy-based activities
for all project participants and families."
said Literacy Action Networks exist at a number of public and private
colleges across the nation.
whole idea is to bring various literacy efforts together so that they
are more consistent and students can learn from each other,"
he said. "The result will be better prepared tutors and better
service to the community."
McIntyre, a reading specialist and chair of the department of curriculum
and instruction in the School of Education, will be a consultant on
the literacy education part of the seminar. Mowry is in the process
of hiring a seminar coordinator and student assistants for the project.
for the program comes from the Student Coalition for Action in Literacy
Education, a non-profit organization dedicated to improving the quality
of literacy education on campuses across the nation.
is interesting to note that the history of this organization is similar
to Jumpstart, in that it was begun by students who believed there
was a better way to do things and become involved in facilitating
and advocating for change," Mowry said.
Winterim to offer wide array of courses
Winterim has been a part of the academic calendar at UW-Eau
Claire since 1996, when only 13 courses were offered. The 2003 Winterim
session offers nearly 60 classroom courses and two Web-based courses
during a three-week session that runs Jan. 2-17. Most classes meet
every day for three hours, and all classes will meet Saturday, Jan.
Winterim session provides such a rich array of course offerings compared
to where we started just seven years ago," said Jan Morse, administrative
officer for academic affairs. "I think with the number and variety
of courses available, most students will find at least one course
that will help them stay on track or get a step ahead on completing
also offers an opportunity for people not enrolled at the university
to take a course.
addition to classroom courses, the Winterim session offers two Web-based
courses — one in "Wellness: Food for Fitness" (FMHN
211) and one in "Reengineering Financial Performance Measures"
expect working adults to be interested in the online courses as well
as currently enrolled students who want to earn credits while traveling
or going home to work over the winter break," Morse said.
about these and other course offerings is on UW-Eau Claire's
and on the Blugold System. Currently enrolled students and special
students — including those not currently enrolled at UW-Eau
Claire — can register until Dec. 27. For more information, call
the Registration and Scheduling office at 836-2425.
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