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2007.12.12> For Immediate Release
contact: Becky Bohan Brown - University Relations
phone: 402.554.2243 - e-mail: rbrown@mail.unomaha.edu

Author Rafe Esquith to Offer Inspirational Teaching Tips Jan. 8 at UNO

Omaha - Rafe Esquith, author and one of America's most celebrated educators, will be on the University of Nebraska at Omaha (UNO) campus to demonstrate his unique teaching style Tuesday, Jan. 8, in the William H. and Dorothy Thompson Alumni Center Bootstrapper Hall. The event, which runs from 5 to 7 p.m., is free and open to the public.

Esquith is author of Teach Like Your Hair's on Fire: The Methods and Madness Inside Room 56 and There are No Shortcuts.

A fifth-grade teacher, he has more than 22 years of teaching experience at Hobart Boulevard Elementary School. Known as the "Jungle," this inner-city school located in Los Angeles, Calif., is the second-largest elementary school in the United States. Few of Esquith's students speak English at home, and many are from poor or troubled families. His students consistently perform above the national average on many standardized tests. Each year the Hobart Shakespeareans, as Esquith's students are known, perform one of playwright William Shakespeare's plays.

"Get ready to be inspired for 2008," said Jeanne Harrington, associate professor of teacher education at UNO. "Rafe will speak and entertain everyone along with six of his students – a little Shakespeare and a little rock ‘n roll – to demonstrate his unique teaching style."

A book signing will follow the presentation.

Co-sponsors include UNO College of Education, Viking-Penguin Publishing and The Bookwork at Countryside Village.

For more information, contact Harrington at (402) 554.3549.

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