Teachers, assistants, child care providers, administrators, special services providers and anyone who works with children 8 years of age and younger are encouraged to attend the Clay County Literacy Conference, funded by the CAPE grant and featuring National Center for Family Literacy Training Specialist Kim Kelly. Individuals who work with the parents of children eight years and younger are also encouraged to participate.
Registration will take place from 8 to 9 a.m. on Aug. 12 at Northview High School. Conference materials and a box lunch will be available for $15. College credit will also be offered with this conference and additionalrequirements. Contact Dr. Kevin Bolinger, assistant professor of education, (phone: 812-237-2884) at ISU for class requirements and cost. The conference, scheduled to end at 3 p.m., is limited to the first 200 participants, so those interested need to respond quickly.
Registration forms may be printed out from the Clay Community Schools Web site, www.clay.k12.in.us or call 812-448-8985 for more information. The form and payment must be mailed by Aug. 5 to Attn.: Mary Yelton, 805 S. Alabama St., Brazil, IN 47834.
Kelly graduated from Morehead State University with a degree in vocational home economics education before earning a master of science in education at the University of Kentucky. She spent 16 years as a classroom teacher and four years as a program administrator in the public school system, directed in-school child care centers and teen parenting programs in two Kentucky systems and developed a comprehensive Early Childhood/Tech Prep curriculum for high school students. Her experiences as a parent educator, a preschool teacher, a child-care provider trainer and the director of a birth-to-five early intervention program eventually led her to NCFL and the Head Start Family Literacy Project. She currently designs and develops research-based training for NCFL's new imPACT Training System for Family Literacy Professionals and works on the Family and Child Education, or FACE, program. Kelly is also a writer, having published many articles, a chapter on PACT (Parent and Child Together) Time and several works of novel-length fiction.
She will kick off the event with delivery of the keynote address, entitled Engaging Parents for Success--Hold Your Breath and Jump, from 9 to10:15 a.m. Kelly will discuss the positive effects of parents' involvement in their child's learning, how schools and families can work together to achieve greater academic results and methods for encouraging families' support in the educational process.
Participants may then choose to attend three of several concurrent sessions. Experienced professionals will give advice on topics such as Good Books/Good Kids: Children's Literature, Linking Partners: Developing Parent Resources, National Center for Family Literacy--Training Specialist Presentation, Parent Involvement in Early Literacy, Parent or Partner? What's the Difference?, The Foundations for Young Children to the Indiana Academic Standards: Overview Video, Literacy Kits: The Home/School Connection and Communicating with Parents and Families.
Session times are 10:30 to 11:30 a.m., 12:45 to 1:45 p.m. and 2 to 3 p.m. Some sessions will be repeated. Additional speakers scheduled to take part in the conference are Sharon Andrews, Ph.D., Indiana State University; Dana Bennett, ISU graduate student and Vigo County Schools first grade teacher; Dee Love, extension specialist, Child Development and Family Studies, Purdue University; Bev Schumacher, president, Learning Props; Ted Maple, Education Director, St. Mary's Child Center; and Dr. Bolinger.