Baylor Reading Conference Features Acclaimed Children's Author

Oct. 25, 2001

by Lori Scott Fogleman

Hundreds of Texas teachers will be on the Baylor University campus Friday, Oct. 26, for the annual Baylor Reading Conference -- "We're Counting on You For Reading!" -- held in conjunction with the Texas Association for the Improvement of Reading.

David M. Schwartz, the author of more than 50 children's books that focus on the fun in math and science, will deliver the keynote address "Love of Language, Love of Math: One Is Not Enough" during the opening session at 9 a.m. in Waco Hall.

Schwartz's first book How Much Is a Million? was a bestseller and featured on the PBS children's television program "Reading Rainbow." His other books include If You Made a Million, The Magic of a Million, If You Hopped Like a Frog, Supergrandpa, the 24-book Look Once, Look Again series and the 12-book Life Cycles series. He also writes science articles for magazines, such as Smithsonian, and travels extensively, speaking at schools and conferences throughout the world.

Special interest sessions for teachers will be held from 10 to 11:50 a.m. Friday in the Bill Daniel Student Center and the Draper Academic Building. Topics include "Cliff Notes for Clifford," "Truth in Phonics," "Games, Games, Games (or Kinesthetic Reading)," "Dear Teacher: I'm Lost. Love, Your Student," "Using Puppets and Masks to Enhance the Language Arts Curriculum," "Let's Read the Digital Way: Creating Digital Books to Address Math, Language Arts, and More!" and "Reading Renaissance in the Middle Schools." Sessions will be led by Baylor School of Education faculty and educators from throughout Central Texas.

Following a noon luncheon in Barfield Drawing Room, Dr. Anita Baker, associate professor of curriculum and instruction, will lead "A 'Books in Boxes' Walkabout" at 1:30 p.m. in Draper room 116. Teachers of children from preschool through third grade will examine 13 Caldecott Award book boxes, focusing on the art medium used by the award-winning illustrator.

For more information about the Baylor Reading Conference, contact Dr. Trena Wilkerson, assistant professor of curriculum and instruction, at 710-6162, or Dr. Randy Wood, professor of curriculum and instruction, at 710-2410.

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