With T-shirts, Ravens football cards and a trophy among...

Education Digest

September 13, 1998

TOWSON — With T-shirts, Ravens football cards and a trophy among the inducements, more than 5,000 children achieved the goal of reading at least nine books during the summer in the Team Read '98 program, Enoch Pratt Free Library reported last week.

The trophy for the school with the largest number of participating students -- the Pratt Director's Cup -- was won for the second straight year by Cecil Elementary, to the delight of Principal James W. Drummond.

Nearly a quarter of Cecil's 550 students took part, with some third-graders reading as many as 100 books. Drummond praised the effort of staff members and school librarian Diane Harris, who went to work every Tuesday to foster students' summer reading efforts.

TOWSON -- Valley Academy has named as its head a 25-year educator recognized for her work with children with dyslexia and other learning disabilities.

Kathy Morrison, formerly academic dean at the Lawrence School in suburban Cleveland, has served on the board of the Orton Dyslexia Society and the National Learning Disabilities Association. Morrison, 47, succeeds Marjorie Hoffman, who resigned to take a post with another school.

The coeducational private school in Towson enrolls about 90 students in grades five through 12 who are of average and above-average ability, but with learning disabilities such as dyslexia, dysgraphia and dyscalculia (reading, writing and math, respectively).

OWINGS MILLS -- Jemicy School, a nonprofit private school for dyslexic children, is offering a workshop for teachers who want to learn methods of instructing children with reading problems.

The workshop, scheduled for Oct. 8, 9 and 10 at the school at 11 Celadon Road, will train teachers and tutors in a program called Project Read Phonology. The program uses direct, systematic phonics and a "multisensory" approach -- encouraging children to use senses such as sight, hearing, smell and feeling -- to learn to read.

Cost for the three-day workshop is $225. Information: Barbara Wolf, 410-653-2700.

AmeriCorps, VISTA and Notre Dame Mission volunteers are scheduled to depart today for assignments in six cities, including Baltimore, ending a four-day orientation program at Trinity College in Washington.

The 129 volunteers took part in programs on topics such as tutoring, conflict resolution, the use of arts and crafts in the classroom, and the "ethic of service."

Twenty-nine will live in Baltimore, where they will help adults and children in education and literacy programs at Head Start and job-training centers, General Wolfe and City Springs elementary schools and the Roman Catholic archdiocese's Mother Seton Academy and St. Mary's School.

Pub Date: 9/13/98

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