Education Digest


October 15, 2003

Forum to address impact of high school assessments testing

The Arc of Howard County and other groups concerned about the effects of high school assessments will sponsor a free forum for parents, educators and residents at 7 p.m. Tuesday at Oakland Mills Interfaith Center, 5885 Robert Oliver Place, Columbia.

A panel will discuss possible consequences of high school assessments testing. Panel members will include author Arnold H. Packer, senior fellow at the Johns Hopkins University's Institute for Policy Studies and former executive director of the U.S. labor secretary's Commission on Achieving Necessary Skills; Portia White, coordinator of testing for the Howard County school system; and Gerald W. Bracey, author of The War Against America's Public Schools.

The public is invited.

Information: Cathy Heitt, 410-730-0638, Ext. 242.

PTA chiefs, advisory panel, school board to meet

The Board of Education of Howard County will meet with PTA presidents and members of the Citizens Advisory Committee to the board at 7:30 p.m. tomorrow in the boardroom at the Department of Education, 10910 Route 108, Ellicott City.

PTA and advisory committee members will have an opportunity to discuss issues and concerns with board members in an informal setting.

Information: 410-313-6682.

150 college, tech school reps to field queries Sunday

Representatives from more than 150 colleges, universities and technical schools across the country will speak to students and parents from 1 p.m. to 4 p.m. Sunday at Atholton High School, 6520 Freetown Road, Columbia.

Sessions on financial aid will be offered at 2 p.m. and 3 p.m.

The free event is sponsored by the Howard County high school counselors.

Information: 410-313-7068.

Homeschooling group plans information session

Howard County Home Educators will hold an informational and support meeting for new and prospective homeschoolers and their parents from 7:30 p.m. to 9 p.m. Monday at the Miller branch library, 9421 Frederick Road, Ellicott City.

Information: 410-381-5777.

Lecture at Norbel to focus on teaching reading

Norbel School in Elkridge will sponsor its first Dr. Norma Hauserman-Campbell Lecture at 7 p.m. tomorrow. 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 that research can be used to teach children to read.

The free lecture, which is open to the public, will be held 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 be on hand to 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.

Norbel is a private, nonprofit school for students with learning differences in kindergarten through 11th grade. A 12th grade will be added next year.

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.

"Learning Through the Holidays," a hands-on workshop on creating learning materials to teach skills with a holiday theme, will be held from 6:30 p.m. to 9:30 p.m. tomorrow at 3300 N. Ridge Road, Suite 380, Ellicott City.

Information: 410-313-1940.

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