Education Notes


October 01, 2003

Public may comment on schools' budget at hearing Oct. 7

The public will have an opportunity to comment on the fiscal 2005 capital budget and the fiscal 2006-2010 capital improvement program at a public hearing of the Howard County Board of Education at 7:30 p.m. Oct. 7 in the boardroom at the Department of Education, 10910 Route 108, Ellicott City.

Those who want to testify are asked to limit the presentation to three minutes and provide 15 written copies of the testimony at the time of the hearing.

The board will hold a regularly scheduled meeting Oct. 9 in the boardroom at the Department of Education. The meeting will start at 4 p.m. with a public forum, when members of the public can address the board on any topic for which there is no formal hearing process. Sign-up in advance is preferred.

A second public forum is planned at the beginning of the evening session, which starts at 7:30 p.m. The board will hold a public work session and approve the fiscal 2005 capital budget and the fiscal 2006-2010 capital improvement program during the evening session.

Information or to sign up: 410-313-7197 or 410-313-6682.

Professional coaching topic of new HCC program

Howard Community College will start a new business program in professional coaching with a free public event from 6:30 p.m. to 8:45 p.m. Oct. 8 in Room 100 of the college's new Instructional Lab building on the campus, 10901 Little Patuxent Parkway, Columbia.

Two professional coaches, Terry Schaefer and Beth Bloomfield, will talk about life and business coaching.

Several courses in professional coaching - an effective tool for improving performance, learning and satisfaction - will be offered in the spring semester.

Information: 410-772-4488.

Home-schooling group sets meeting for parents

The Columbia Homeschool Community will hold an information and support meeting for parents from 7 p.m. to 9 p.m. Oct. 13 at Abiding Savior Lutheran Church, 10689 Owen Brown Road, Columbia.

The topic is "Discover Your Child's Learning Style."

Admission is free.

Information: 410-740-6688.

Norbel School to offer lecture on teaching reading

Norbel School in Elkridge will sponsor its first Dr. Norma Hauserman-Campbell Lecture at 7 p.m. Oct. 16.

Peggy McCardle of the National Institute for Child Health and Human Development will speak. Her topic, "From Research to Practice - Teaching Children to Read," will focus on current research on how children read and how it can be used to teach children to read.

The free lecture, which is open to the public, will be at the school's performing arts center, 6135 Old Washington Road. Reservations are required.

The school will hold an Antiques Appraisal Fair & Silent Auction from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. Oct. 26 to raise money for the school's enrichment programs.

Antiques appraisers will offer appraisals of hand-held items brought by visitors. A silent auction is also planned. Tickets are $15 at the door and include two appraisals.

Information: 410-796-6700.

Workshops being offered for teachers, parents

The Howard County Child Care Resource Center sponsors workshops for teachers, child-care providers and parents.

"Launching Early Learners," a workshop on preparing children for kindergarten and elementary school, originally scheduled for Sept. 18, will be held from 6:30 p.m. to 9:30 p.m. tomorrow at 3300 N. Ridge Road, Suite 360 in Ellicott City. The cost is $20.

"Warning Signs: How to Recognize Signs of Child Abuse," a workshop on identifying and preventing abuse of young children, will be held from 6:30 p.m. to 9:30 p.m. Oct. 14. The cost is $10.

Child care administration credit hours are offered. Registration is required.

Information: 410-313-1940.

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