Education Notes

Education Notes

April 18, 2004

Community college library to hold book sale this week

To celebrate National Library Week, which will end Saturday, the Carroll Community College library will hold a book sale to raise funds for expanding its collection.

Children's titles, fiction, nonfiction, academic titles and more will be offered for sale in the library's main entrance. Books will be 50 cents for paperbacks and $1 for hardbacks.

Hours are 8:30 a.m. to 10 p.m. tomorrow through Thursday and 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Friday and Saturday.

The library is on the main floor of the Random House Learning Resources Center at 1601 Washington Road.

Information: 410-386-8000.

Dean at N.Y. university to speak on diversity

Education leader J. David Ramirez will speak on "Global Education for the 21st Century: Lessons We Have Learned from Student Diversity" at 8 p.m. Tuesday in Hill Hall, Room 108, at McDaniel College. The lecture is free to the public.

Ramirez, dean of the School of Education at Long Island University's Brooklyn campus, was principal investigator for a study of bilingual education.

In his lecture, Ramirez will provide a framework for ensuring equality in education.

Two acoustic guitarists will open and close the lecture with Latin American folk music. Information: 410-857-2290.

CCC schedules courses, programs on world views

Carroll Community College is offering World View courses and programs that provide perspectives and information designed to bridge differences and cultivate understanding in a rapidly shrinking world.

Scheduled courses include:

"From Russia, With Culture": Students will study Russian sites and read about the masters of literature, art and music. Basic survival Russian and vocabulary to enhance cultural understanding will be included. Classes will be held from 7 p.m. to 9 p.m. Wednesdays, this week to June 9.

"The Other Side of Death ... Cross Cultural Views of the Afterlife": Ira Zepp will look at theories of the after-life. He will discuss the Resurrection of the Body, Immortality of the Soul, Reincarnation, and Heaven and Hell from 7 p.m. to 9 p.m. Wednesdays May 5 to June 9.

"Conflict Resolution in World Cultures": Students will explore conflict resolution processes that have been successful in different settings in the United States and other countries, and look at the bases in traditions and culture. Films, videos and guest speakers will be a part of the class from 7 p.m. to 9 p.m. Tuesdays, May 4 to 25.

Information: 410-386-8100.

Stone, Ecker to hold town meeting Thursday

School board President C. Scott Stone and Superintendent Charles I. Ecker will hold a town meeting from 7 p.m. to 9 p.m. Thursday at Oklahoma Road Middle School, 6300 Oklahoma Road, Eldersburg.

The public is welcome to raise concerns or ask questions regarding education topics.

Information: 410-751-3020.

Literacy Council plans training workshop in May

The Literacy Council of Carroll County will hold a training workshop starting May 6 for anyone interested in tutoring adults and children who need assistance with reading skills.

Tutors work one-on-one with clients to improve their reading skills. Training is provided at the literacy council office in Westminster.

Registration is requested by May 1. Information: 410-848-6506 or 410-848-6387.

Carroll schools will be host of spring conference

Carroll County public schools will be the host for the 2004 National Association for Multicultural Education (NAME) Spring Conference from 8 a.m. to 2 p.m. May 8 at Winters Mill High School in Westminster.

The theme of the conference is "Equity in Education: Be a Voice of Change." Participants can choose from three breakout session topics.

The conference is an opportunity for each school system to extend staff knowledge as it blends multicultural education into its Bridge to Excellence Master Plan. The conference also will allow school systems to showcase their programs, staffs and accomplishments.

Registration for participants, presenters, displays and vendors are being accepted. A continental breakfast and lunch will be provided.

Information: Pamela J. Ayres, 410-751-3048.

Clifford receives award for literacy contributions

Daniel Clifford, assistant principal at Eldersburg Elementary School, has received the State of Maryland International Reading Association Council (SOMIRAC) Literacy Award for his contributions to literacy.

He has served as chairman of the council's Exemplary Reading Program Committee for seven years. Schools from all over the state submit applications to the committee nominating their reading program for the school award.

Clifford and the committee review applications and make on-site visits to qualifying schools, offering feedback and suggestions. Under Clifford's leadership, the committee also provides feedback to schools that do not qualify for an on-site visit for the award.

Clifford began teaching in 1977. He started teaching second grade at Eldersburg Elementary in 1984 and then was reading resource teacher at William Winchester Elementary School.

He has been assistant principal at Eldersburg since 1999.

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