Education Notes


March 26, 2006

Fulbright scholar to lecture on Islam

Fulbright scholar Muslih Tayo Yahya will present a lecture on "Islam and Modern Concepts: Human Rights, Democracy and Globalization," at 7 p.m. Tuesday in McDaniel Lounge at McDaniel College.

Music lecturer Jonathan Seligman and the McDaniel College Percussion Ensemble will perform at the event, which is Yahya's opening reception and lecture while in residence at McDaniel.

A distinguished scholar and author of numerous publications in the field of Islamic studies, Yahya comes to McDaniel through the Fulbright Visiting Specialists Program: Direct Access to the Muslim World.

Yahya is a professor of Arabic and Islamic studies in the department of religious studies at the University of Jos in Nigeria.

Yahya will teach a mini-course on Islamic culture, present public lectures and lead a faculty seminar over six weeks.

Information: 410-857-2294.

Workshop is set on special education

The Partners for Success Center of Carroll County Public Schools will sponsor a workshop for parents and school staff from 9 a.m. to noon Thursday at the Westminster Senior Center, 125 Stoner Ave.

Topics will include definition of special education terms, federal and state laws, the special education cycle, eligibility, parent involvement, individualized education plans, and how to observe your child and work with your school.

Registration is required.

Information: 410-751-3955.

Author, lecturer to discuss libraries

Pulitzer Prize-winning author and McDaniel visiting lecturer Michael Dirda will discuss the importance of libraries at 6:30 p.m. Thursday in Hoover Library.

The lecture is part of the college celebration of the establishment of the W. Byers Unger Library Endowment Fund.

The Unger recognition plaque and the library's new online resources and databases will be unveiled.

Information: 410-857-2294.

Literary council to hold open house

The Literacy Council of Carroll County has announced its move to the new Carroll Nonprofit Center at 255 Clifton Blvd., Westminster.

The council will hold an open house at its new office in Suite 315 from 3:30 p.m. to 5:30 p.m. Thursday.

Information: 410-857-0766.

Fair will focus on disabled students

Carroll County Public Schools will hold a Transition Connections Fair from 9 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. Friday at Carroll Community College, 1601 Washington Road, Westminster.

The fair is designed for high school juniors and seniors with an Individualized Educational Plan, teachers, parents and guidance counselors.

Participants will explore the resources available to students with disabilities who are leaving high school.

Representatives from community colleges, four-year colleges, technical schools, adult agencies, businesses that provide support services or transportation, recreation groups, tutoring/self-help centers, and career specific institutions will be available to assist visitors.

Mike Aronin of radio station 98 Rock will discuss "Improving on You." Informational exhibits and workshops on self-employment, the challenges and rewards of employment, the transition to college, finding opportunities and making choices in your social life, the transition into a job, assistive technology, and individual rights and self-advocacy will be offered.

Information: 410-751-3953.

Public schools offer practice GED exams

Carroll County Public Schools offers monthly GED tests and practice sessions for the exam to those who wish to earn their high school diploma.

Registration is required.

Practice tests will be given from 8 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday and April 15 at the Business and Employment Resource Center, 224 N. Center St., Westminster.

The next test will be held from 5 p.m. to 10 p.m. April 13 and 8 a.m. to 2 p.m. April 15 at Westminster High School, 1225 Washington Road.

Information: 410-751-3680, ext. 228.

Youth bureau offers parent workshops

The Judy Center and Carroll County Youth Service Bureau will offer workshops for parents.

Upcoming sessions include:

"1-2-3 Magic" from 6:30 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. April 5: This discipline program for parents with children from kindergarten through elementary school focuses on how to handle difficult behavior, manage manipulative behavior, encourage positive behavior, and be fair with rules and consequences.

"Parenting Teenagers" from 6:30 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. April 10: This discussion of provocative as well as "typical" teen behavior will include dramatic role-plays to demonstrate strategies for dealing with parent-child conflict positively and productively.

All workshops are held from 6:30 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. at the Youth Service Bureau. Reservations are required at 410-751-3613.

Information: 410-751-3086.

Agencies sought for involvement expo

Carroll Community College will hold a Community Involvement Expo from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. April 19 at the 1601 Washington Road campus.

The college is seeking local community agencies to participate. The expo is an opportunity for students, staff and faculty to visit with community partners, nonprofit organizations and state agencies to learn more about service-learning partnerships, volunteer opportunities, careers in human services, and social issues impacting their local, national and global communities.

Registration is free and includes two luncheon passes. A networking luncheon at 1 p.m. will be an informal opportunity for participants to meet community partners in and beyond Carroll County.

Service-learning faculty, staff and students from the college will be invited.

Registration deadline is April 7. E-mail rpalmisano@ or call 410-386-8413.

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