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UW-Eau Claire Faculty Lead|
MAILED: June 22, 1999|
National and local reading researchers will be in Milwaukee June 25-26 for the 18th annual UW System Reading Symposium, a statewide event chaired by University of Wisconsin-Eau Claire faculty members.
Participating universities take turns planning the event and this year was UW-Eau Claire's turn to take the lead role. Dr. Robert Barganz, professor of curriculum and instruction, and Dr. Sherry Macaul, associate professor of curriculum and instruction, led the effort.
"We bring in top-notch speakers who are on the cutting edge of research," Barganz said. "The biggest benefit is that educators will have access to major research ideas that they might not otherwise have access to because they don't usually attend the national conventions."
Mostly public school teachers and/or reading specialists, who are in-service agents who work with kindergarten through 12th-grade teachers in their classrooms, attend the event. Attending keeps them up-to-date on the newest research in the field.
"It's great because you know you are getting the best, most current information out there and it's thoroughly explained," said Jean Barganz, a reading specialist for grades nine-12 at North High School in Eau Claire. "I love when I get information that is hot off the press and will back up what I'm already teaching."
Karen Reynolds, the K-12 district reading specialist for Mondovi, also has attended past symposiums and will go back this year. "The more you associate with bigger names in your field, the better background you get for yourself," Reynolds said.
Professors of the participating colleges will teach supplementary classes in conjunction with the symposium. The research that is presented at the symposium becomes the course's reading material. Barganz will teach the three-week summer class at UW-Eau Claire.
Janice B. Wisner
UW-Eau Claire News Bureau
Updated: June 22, 1999