Secondary Education Minors Conducted Family Literacy Night

Wednesday, April 27, 2011

Westminster College secondary education minors conducted "March Madness: A Family Literacy Event" March 29 at Campbell (Ohio) Middle School that was attended by more than 140 students and parents.

The Westminster students are from the secondary education literacy class "Reading in the Content Area" taught by Shannon Liposky, Westminster adjunct faculty in education.

The evening's activities included instruction in three literacy strategies that could be used in many content areas.  Westminster students were responsible for planning and teaching Cubing, SQ3R, and Word Splash strategies to small groups of middle school students.  Snacks and a prize drawing followed the instruction session.

Dr. Eileen Morelli, Westminster associate professor of education who has experience organizing a number of literacy events, assisted Liposky and her students with the planning.

Each Campbell student received two books provided through funding from Westminster's Drinko Center for Excellence in Teaching and Learning.

The Drinko Center for Excellence in Teaching and Learning was created to enrich undergraduate education at Westminster through advancing world-class teaching as well as by participating in collaborations that address community and regional needs including strengthening K-12 education.  Visit www.westminster.edu/drinko for more information about the Drinko Center and its programs.

Contact Liposky at (724) 946-6168 or email liposksl@westminster.edu for additional information.

About Westminster College...
Founded in 1852 and related to the Presbyterian Church (U.S.A.), Westminster College ranks first in the nation as "Best College for Women in Science, Technology, Engineering and Math," according to Forbes.com. Westminster 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 www.westminster.edu/advantage to view "Advantage: Westminster" A Strategic Plan 2010-2020.

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