Education Notes


November 16, 2008

Learning styles focus of 2-day conference

Individual Differences in Learning of Howard County and co-sponsors will present "What Works and Why: Unmasking Student Strength Through Innovative Learning Experiences," a two-day conference for teachers, administrators, psychologists, artists, scientists and parents, from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. Thursday and Friday at the Gathering Place, 6120 Day Long Lane, Clarksville.

A primary goal of the conference is to integrate technology and the arts in the classroom; a secondary goal is to strengthen awareness of different learners, including twice-exceptional, gifted, talented and learning-disabled children.

Co-sponsors are the Montgomery County GT/LD Network; Anne Arundel County Twice Exceptional Advisory Network; and Prince George's County PGTAG-Gifted Children with Special Learning Needs Committee. The Horizon and Columbia foundations have supplied some funding.

Information: http://whatworksandwhy.

Project Access session

Project Access of Howard Community College, a program to facilitate the transition of high school students with disabilities into postsecondary education, will hold a professional development event from 9 a.m. to noon Tuesday in Room 400 of the Rouse Company Foundation Student Services Hall on the college campus, 10901 Little Patuxent Parkway, Columbia.

Speakers include Pam Blackwell, director of student services for Howard County schools, and Nancy Hensler, staff psychologist at Towson University and an instructor in the psychology department at the University of Maryland.

Black will discuss "Being Safe, Sensible and Civil in Cyberspace"; Hensler will present "Cyberstalking Victimization: Impact, Coping, Responses and Prevention."

The cost is $40. Continuing Education Units are available. Proceeds will be used for Project Access operating expenses.

Information: Linda Schnapp, 410-772-4625, or e-mail

Parents' drug newsletter

HC DrugFree, a nonprofit organization whose mission is to empower the community to raise alcohol- and drug-free teens, offers a newsletter for parents on its Web site, To receive a copy by mail or e-mail:

The Web site lists the organization's programs for parents and teens. Parents who have a child who has begun to drink or use drugs are invited to contact Laura Smit, director of HC DrugFree, 443-325-0040, for resources and assistance.

Engineering program

Howard Community College has received funding to provide high school students interested in engineering with a head start. The Pathways to Engineering Program is designed to offer knowledge and hands-on experience to students in engineering, accelerate their mastery of math skills and teach college-level study skills.

High school students can begin the program in the spring of their junior year or that summer. Beginning students will study robotics, review algebra and prepare for the college's math placement test. Enrichment activities include a visit to NASA and meetings with engineering professors and professionals.

Information sessions for students and their parents will be held at 7 p.m. tomorrow in the Wilde Lake High School Media Center; 7 p.m. Tuesday in the Oakland Mills High School Media Center; and 6:15 p.m. Wednesday in the college's Transfer Center (RCF-242) in the Rouse Company Foundation Student Services Hall, 10901 Little Patuxent Parkway, Columbia.

The program, which is funded by a grant from the National Action Council for Minorities in Engineering and HCC's Educational Foundation, is open to any qualified student. Full and partial scholarships are available for those in need.

The application deadline is Dec. 2.

Information: 410-772-4599.

Study-skills lessons

The Stressless Tests Program is accepting registration for its fall study-skills program, which offers students an opportunity to discover their learning styles, develop self-confidence and improve classroom performance.

High school classes meet from 6:30 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. Wednesdays for four sessions at Centennial High School. The next session is scheduled for Wednesday through Dec. 17.

Middle school classes meet from 6:30 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. Mondays at Burleigh Manor Middle School. Classes will be offered Nov. 24 through Dec. 15.

In response to requests from parents, a new sliding fee scale is available. Parents are free to choose the payment that is affordable for them: $135, $155 or $185 a session; the fee includes the Study for Success digital video disc.

Information or registration: Betty Caldwell, 410-740-4659, or

HCC information session

Howard Community College will hold an information session for prospective students and their parents at 7 p.m. Wednesday in the Transfer Center, Room 242, of the Rouse Company Foundation Student Services Hall, 10901 Little Patuxent Parkway, Columbia.

Information or to reserve a seat: 410-772-4599.

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