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Registration open for Diverse Literacies Conference

9/2/2011 —

Registration is now open for the 2011 Diverse Literacies Conference, presented by Penn State Lehigh Valley and the Lehigh Valley Writing Project. The conference, with its theme of "Developing New Literacies: Capitalizing on Diverse Learners’ Experiences," will be held from 7:30 a.m.-2:30 p.m. on Saturday, Sept. 24 at Bear Creek Mountain Resort and Conference Center in Macungie, Pa.


The keynote speakers for the conference are David Freeman, professor of reading and ESL, and Yvonne Freeman, professor of bilingual education, at the University of Texas at Brownsville. The Freemans are interested in effective education for emergent bilingual students and the development of academic language for English language learners. Among their publications are "Academic Language for English Language Learners and Struggling Readers," the revised translation of "La enseñanza de la lectura y la escritura en el salón bilingüe y de doble inmersión," and "English Language Learners: The Essential Guide." The pair recently edited a book as well, "Diverse Learners in the Mainstream Classroom."


The early registration fee, which is accepted until Sept. 17, is $59. Late and on-site registration is $69. On-site registration is limited. Teachers earn five Act 48 credits for attending the conference.


To download a full conference schedule and registration form, please visit http://www.diverseliteracies.org.

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