IDL to hear lawyer on education issues

EDUCATION NOTES

September 30, 2007

The Individual Differences in Learning Association (IDL) will present "Clearing a Path in the Legal Jungle of Education," a talk by attorney Rebecca Slade Yoshitani at 7 p.m. Oct. 8 at Linden Linthicum United Methodist Church, 12101 Linden Linthicum Lane, Clarksville.

Information: www.gifted differentlearners.org. Registration is requested. E-mail register@gifteddifferent learners.org.

School board plans session for talks

The Board of Education's next "Coffee & Conversation" session will be held from 9:30 a.m. to 11 a.m. Oct. 13 at Howard High School, 8700 Old Annapolis Road (Route 108) in Ellicott City.

These meetings give residents an opportunity to share a cup of coffee and talk informally with board members.

HCC Transfer Fair to be held Thursday

Howard Community College will hold a free Transfer Fair from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. Thursday in Burrill Galleria, 10901 Little Patuxent Parkway in Columbia.

Those who attend can speak to more than 60 college and university representatives about opportunities to transfer.

Information: 410-772-4266, or www.howardcc.edu/ admissions/advising/transfer.

The college will hold a free art and media college and career program from 12:30 p.m. to 1:30 p.m. Tuesday in Room 242 of the Rouse Company Foundation Student Services Hall.

Representatives from the University of Maryland, Baltimore County and Villa Julie College will talk about admissions and transfer requirements for their art and media programs.

The college is at 10901 Little Patuxent Parkway, Columbia.

Information: Paul Martin, 410-772-4855.

HCC schedules information session

Howard Community College will hold high school information sessions for prospective college students and their parents.

Sessions will be held at 8 a.m. Oct. 17 in the Kittleman Room of the English, Language, Business Building and at 1 p.m. Nov. 2 in the Transfer Center of the Rouse Company Foundation Student Services Hall.

The sessions will highlight college programs and services, including Freshman Focus, Rouse Scholars, Silas Craft Collegians and Early Entrance, and they will include a discussion of financial aid. Participants will be invited to tour the campus.

Information or reservations: 410-772-4599.

Data on students can be disclosed

The Family Educational Rights and Privacy Act authorizes local school systems to disclose information from the educational records of a student that is designated as "directory information."

The information includes basic biographical information but not grades, test results, or academic or discipline records.

Included are the student's name, address, telephone number, date of birth, major field of study, participation in school activities, weight and height for athletes, dates of school attendance, degrees and awards and previous educational institutions attended.

State law permits public school systems to release a student's home address and phone number to organizations of parents, teachers, students or former students at the school, such as PTAs, booster clubs and class reunion committees; the military (for example, recruiters); a representative of a community college in the state; or a representative of the Maryland Higher Education Commission.

Parents who want to restrict the release of such information are required to complete and sign a parental option form for each child. Parents who have not submitted a form and want to submit one should do so as soon as possible.

Information: 410-313-6682.

Music Institute offers classes

Registration is open for classes at the Music Institute, formerly the Musical Arts Center, at Howard Community College.

Instruction by members of the college faculty is available for piano, voice, guitar, ukulele, orchestra, band, folk and jazz.

Music therapy, songwriting, a rock and jazz band, a Celtic ensemble, a gumbo ensemble and a ukulele orchestra also are available.

Information: 410-772-4871, or www.howardcc.edu/visitors/music.

Teacher workshops at Patuxent refuge

The environmental education office of the Patuxent Research Refuge will offer a workshop series for teachers at the National Wildlife Visitor Center in Laurel.

"The Wonders of Wetlands" will be discussed Saturday. "Project Wild/Ecological Concepts" is planned for Oct. 20 and "Project Learning Tree," for Nov. 18.

The workshops provide hands-on activities to be used with environmental education or life science curricula.

The cost is $15 a workshop.

The center is off Powder Mill Road, between the Baltimore-Washington Parkway and Route 197.

Information or registration: 301-497-5898 or 301-497-5763 or http:--patuxent.fws.gov.

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