Education Notes

EDUCATION NOTES

March 19, 2006

Multicultural group to hold conference

About 450 educators, community members and students from around the state are expected to attend the spring conference of the Maryland Multicultural Coalition, being held from 8 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday.

The coalition, a state chapter of the National Association for Multicultural Education, and the Howard County school system are hosts. The conference will be held at Reservoir High School in Fulton.

Its theme is "Cultural Proficiency: Knowing the Learner." Workshops on eliminating achievement gaps, parent-community involvement, multicultural education and creating a positive school climate are planned.

Everyone is welcome.

Information: Bonnie Brownell, 410-313-7009 or Debbie Misiag, 410-313-5363.

Women's group plans girls camp

The Women's Giving Circle of Howard County, in partnership with Maryland Leadership Workshops Inc., will launch a residential summer camp for middle school girls.

"Journey 2006," a camp for 25 middle school girls from Howard County, will be held from July 30 to Aug. 5 at McDaniel College in Westminster. Student delegates will live in dormitories and experience a college atmosphere.

Workshops will focus on empowerment and motivation, communication and decision-making skills, group dynamics, self-awareness, goal-setting and conflict resolution. The program will include small- and large-group projects for delegates to develop leadership skills, mentoring, a confidence course, panel discussion with women leaders from public and private sectors. Swimming, athletics, dance, a talent show, and team-building activities also are planned.

Girls entering sixth or seventh grades are eligible. The cost is $450. Scholarships are available. Applications, due April 17, are available in middle school guidance offices and at womensgivingcircle.org.

An information session for parents will be held from 7 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. March 29 at Atholton High School.

Information or registration: jeanmoon@comcast.net.

Autism society to start fundraising

The Howard County Autism Society is launching a major fundraising initiative to create the first Autism Resource Center in the Baltimore-Washington area.

A Pieces of the Puzzle Gala, to be held March 31 at Turf Valley Resort in Ellicott City, will kick off the drive.

The center is to offer support, training, resources and consultative services for parents and professionals.

Information: 410-760-5595. Or www.howard-autism.org.

Sign-up under way for kindergarten

Registration for new pupils or those entering kindergarten in August is being held in Howard County elementary schools at times determined by each school.

State law requires that children entering kindergarten in the fall must be age 5 on or before Sept. 1. (In last week's "Education Notes," the age was listed incorrectly.)

Parents or guardians should register their children at the school serving their home address.

Parents of children born outside the United States, or for whom English is not the primary language, should contact the Office of International Student Services, 410-313-7101.

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