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2012.04.02 > For Immediate Release
contact: Charley Reed - University Relations
phone: 402.554.2129 - email: cdreed@unomaha.edu

UNO College of Education, Dept. of English Join to Present Literacy Conference

Omaha - Metropolitan English Teacher Link (MET Link), a collaborative effort between the University of Nebraska at Omaha (UNO) College of Education and the UNO Department of English, will host the inaugural K-8 Literacy Conference Saturday, April 14, 2012 at Roskens Hall and the UNO Thompson Alumni Center.

The K-8 Conference is the first conference in the Metro area to focus solely on elementary and middle school teachers’ literacy professional development needs.

Author and educator Donalyn Miller will be the event’s keynote speaker. Miller is the author of The Book Whisper: Awakening the Inner Reader in Every Child. She will present on how teachers can employ the best practices for elementary reading strategies.

“We are thrilled to have Ms. Miller as our keynote speaker this year and are very excited to have so many participants,” said Kathy Danielson, conference coordinator and associate professor of education at UNO. “Like the MET Link’s annual Secondary English Teachers Literacy fall conference, this conference connects educators from across the metro to learn together and begin cross district collaborations. We are truly pleased to now be able to offer this type of experience to elementary and middle school teachers.”

This all-day conference will also feature 12 workshops to further skill development and community building. Over 140 educators from 18 different districts are set to participate in this year’s conference.

MET Link strives to support and develop secondary English and Language arts teachers through annual conferences, resources and a sustained network of professionals dedicated to literacy teaching and learning. Funding for the K-8 Literacy Conference is generously provided by the Coordinating Commission for Postsecondary Education’s Improving Teacher Quality grant.

For questions or more information on MET Link, contact Sarah Edwards at (402) 554.3468 or by email at skedwards@unomaha.edu.

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