Education Professor Presented at County Reading Association

Tuesday, November 23, 2010

Dr. Amy Camardese, associate professor and chair of Westminster College's Department of Education, presented at the Lawrence County International Reading Association (IRA) meeting Nov. 9.

Camardese, a past president of the Trumbull County (Ohio) IRA, spoke on "Reading Strategies for Struggling Readers" to an audience of about 40 elementary school teachers, librarians, and administrators.

"I shared reading strategies that benefit not only the struggling reader, but also readers of any level," Camardese said. "This is often referred to as UDL or Universal Design of Learning. For example, I showed them how to use Chinese shadow puppets to strengthen reading, writing, and creativity, and shared Japanese storytelling cards called Kamishibai. In addition, several graphic organizers were used to develop comprehension, development of character, and strengthening of vocabulary."

Camardese, who has been with Westminster since 2001, earned an undergraduate degree from Ohio University, master's from the University of Pittsburgh, and Ph.D. from Kent State University.

Contact Camardese at (724) 946-7183 or e-mail for additional information.

About Westminster College...
Founded in 1852 and related to the Presbyterian Church (U.S.A.), Westminster College is a top tier liberal arts college, a national leader in graduation rate performance, and a "Great School, Great Price," according to U.S. News Best Colleges guide. Westminster ranked 38th among liberal arts colleges, according to the Washington Monthly College Guide, and is one of the most affordable national liberal arts colleges in Pennsylvania. Westminster is also honored as one of "The Best 373 Colleges" and "Best in the Northeast" by The Princeton Review, and is named to the President's Honor Roll for excellence in service learning.

Nearly 1,600 undergraduate and graduate students benefit from individualized attention from dedicated faculty while choosing from 41 majors and nearly 100 organizations on the New Wilmington, Pa., campus. Visit to view "Advantage: Westminster" A Strategic Plan 2010-2020.

Dr. Amy Camardese