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2010.10.26 > For Immediate Release
contact: Wendy Townley - University Relations
phone: 402.554.2762 - email: wtownley@unomaha.edu

Nov. 6 Conference Aimed to Support English Teachers

Omaha - National statistics point to English teachers having the highest rate of educator burnout. In Omaha, an organization exists that is dedicated to supporting English teachers, and is actively involved in the community.

Metropolitan English Teacher Link (MET Link) is a collaborative effort by the University of Nebraska at Omaha (UNO) College of Education and the UNO English Department to develop and support English teachers. As part of their work, MET Link will host the second annual MET Link Conference on Saturday, Nov. 6, at the Thompson Alumni Center.

The conference will feature renowned author and educator Kelly Gallagher. As the keynote speaker, Gallagher will present on his recent book, Readicide: How Schools Are Killing Reading and What You Can Do About It, which argues that American schools are actively, though unwittingly, furthering the decline of reading.

Participants will learn about and develop skills to combat readicide in their schools. The all-day conference will also feature eight workshops to further skill development and community building.

More than 130 educators from 11 school districts are set to participate in this year’s conference.

“We are thrilled to have Kelly Gallagher as our keynote speaker this year and are very excited to have so many participants. Our high participation shows that educators are hungry for this type of learning and networking. We are so pleased to provide them with this opportunity for the second year now,” said Sarah Edwards, director of MET Link and assistant professor at UNO.

MET Link strives to support and develop secondary English and language arts teachers through an annual conference, resources and a sustained network of professionals dedicated to literacy teaching and learning.

For more information on MET Link, contact Sarah Edwards: (402) 554-3468 or skedwards@unomaha.edu.

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