MARQUETTE - Northern Michigan University will offer the following three courses designed for reading and writing instructors during Summer College 2002:

-Foundations of Reading Instruction (ED 570, 4 credits): Meets from 7:30 a.m. to noon Monday through Thursday from June 26 to July 18. It features a study of the reading process; an examination of currently used approaches in reading instruction; individual and group evaluation techniques and instruments; and a consideration of the professional literature as it relates to reading instruction.

Delinda Lybrand will be the instructor. She is an assistant professor at NMU specializing in reading/language arts and adult education. She has extensive experience at both the university and elementary school levels and has served as a reading consultant for students with reading and learning disabilities. Lybrand has taught classes in reading/language arts, math strategies, and general education classes at the undergraduate and graduate level. She has presented at a national and international conference and school district in-services. One of her responsibilities was overseeing the reading clinic where both undergraduate and graduate students participated in assessing student's needs, designing a growth plan, supervising and tutoring the student.

-Improving Reading Comprehension (ED 575, 3 credits): Meets from 7:30-11 a.m. Monday through Thursday from June 17 to July 3. This course will examine the research literature related to reading comprehension and retention. It will also consider cognitive processes, text structure context of reading act, instructional design and evaluation.

Suzanne Standerford, an education professor at NMU, will be the course instructor. She has received distinguished faculty awards from the university and from the Michigan Association of Governing Boards. Her numerous publications include a book written in conjunction with area K- 12 teachers. Standerford is the founding director of the Upper Peninsula Writing Project, a site affiliated with the National Writing Project in Berkeley, Calif.

-Special Topics: Going Beyond Writing Prompts to Support Writers (ED 596, 2 credits): Meets from 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Monday through Thursday, July 8-1 1. This four-day topical course will help K- 12 teachers understand how to use the writing process more effectively with their students. Participants will come to understand ways to help students identify meaningful writing topics, structure their writing more effectively, revise drafts for improved communication, and present their writing in a variety of ways. They will also become writers themselves.

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Kristi Evans
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