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Tip Sheet for the Week of June 12, 2006

RELEASED: June 12, 2006

Story Idea
UW-Eau Claire's Center for Service-Learning is offering an AmeriCorps* VISTA Summer Associate program that trains students to work with ex-offenders to help them adjust to leaving prison and reentering society. Students involved in the Reentry Advocates for Ex-Offenders program will work with one or two people who are nearing a release date from prison. During the eight-week program, which will run June 12-Aug. 6, the students will become agents of support, friends and facilitators of resources that will help the inmates successfully re-integrate into society. Students will work with inmates at the Chippewa Falls Correctional Treatment Facility and the Community Corrections Division. Living stipends will be provided for the eight students who are participating in the first year of the program. They'll work full-time and will not hold other jobs during the program. Associates represent several different majors — psychology, criminal justice and social work — and two institutions — UW-Eau Claire and Chippewa Valley Technical College. For details, contact Donald Mowry, director of the Center for Service-Learning, at (715) 836-4649 or dmowry@uwec.edu.

Story Idea
The College of Education and Human Sciences received a grant from the U.S. Department of Education to help area teachers improve strategies for teaching mathematics to students with language-based disabilities. Children with language-based learning disabilities can have problems learning mathematical concepts due to information processing deficits. For example, if a teacher explains the properties of an isosceles triangle, children with this type of disability might understand the mathematical concept, but would need to hear the term "isosceles," write it and practice saying it many more times than the typically developing student before they could spontaneously retrieve it, repeat it or recognize it in written work. UW-Eau Claire faculty are partnering with the Augusta School District to help 25-30 mathematics teachers, special education teachers, and speech and language pathologists improve mathematics outcomes for these children. The teachers will begin by meeting for a one-week workshop June 12-16. The program will introduce math teachers to the characteristics of language-based learning disabilities. The workshop will be followed by two weeks of curriculum analysis and development, during which the teachers will work in their own districts with consultations with faculty. Teachers will implement what they've learned in the fall and spring semesters. For details, contact Joseph Morin, associate professor of special education, at (715) 836-5299 or morinje@uwec.edu.

Photo Idea
Blue Max will kick off the Summer Session Music on the Mall concert series June 12.
The free outdoor concert will begin at 7 p.m. on the Central Campus Mall.

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UW-Eau Claire jazz students and local jazz groups will perform at noon Tuesday-Friday, June 13-16, on the Central Campus Mall.

Calendar Note
Eight-week Summer Session classes begin June 12 and continue through Aug. 4.

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