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UW-Eau Claire News Bureau
Schofield Hall 218
Eau Claire, WI 54702-4004
Hmong History, Culture
Workshop Targets Educators
phone (715) 836-4741
fax (715) 836-2900

MAILED: March 22, 2000

EAU CLAIRE — The University of Wisconsin-Eau Claire College of Arts and Sciences Continuing Education/UW-Extension will sponsor a workshop titled "Exploring Hmong History and Culture for Educators."
The program will be held from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. Thursday, April 20, at Inn on the Park in Madison and at the same time Friday, April 28, at the Best Western Hudson House in Hudson.
The purpose of the workshop is to improve educational opportunities for kindergarten through 12th-grade Hmong students by educating classroom teachers, counselors, administrators and other school, social or family service professionals who work with Hmong students and families.
The following topics will be addressed during the workshop: Hmong history and culture, family dynamics in the United States, educational issues and resources, language acquisition, helpful Hmong words and phrases for educators, family literacy, and family involvement in education.
Mao J. Vang and Pang Cher Vue will present the program. Vang is a literacy-training specialist for the Minnesota Humanities Commission in the Motheread/Fatheread-MN program. She also is the project director for the Hmong Translations Initiative, a multi-year project to translate, print and distribute popular children's books for family and classroom use.
Vue is the director of Hmong education programs for the UW-Eau Claire College of Arts and Sciences Continuing Education/Extension. He also leads a parent support group for the Eau Claire Area Hmong Mutual Assistance Association.
The workshop costs $130, which covers instruction, materials, refreshments and lunch. A special conference rate for lodging is available for workshop participants at the two hotels.
Participants also may earn six hours of continuing education units.
The registration deadline is April 13 for the Madison workshop and April 21 for the Hudson workshop. Contact the Continuing Education office, (715) 836-2031, for more information.

UWEC [Administrative Offices] [News Bureau]

Janice B. Wisner
UW-Eau Claire News Bureau
Schofield 218
(715) 836-4741

Updated: March 22, 2000