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Lehigh Valley Teachers to Present Literacy Research

Four are graduates of Moravian’s Master of Education program

(Bethlehem, Pennsylvania)— Four Lehigh Valley area teachers, graduates of Moravian College’s Master of Education Program in Curriculum and Instruction, will present literacy research conducted in Lehigh Valley public schools during the 93rd Annual Convention of the National Council of Teachers of English (NCTE), to be held in San Francisco, California, November 20–25, 2003.

Danielle Gilly, 8th grade teacher and coordinator of writing K-8 in the Saucon Valley School District, will present a paper titled “Writing Where [It Seems] No One Has Written Before,” chronicling her efforts to form a support group for teachers of writing.

Susan McGinley and Beth Wolford, primary teachers in the Easton Area School District, will share the results of a year-long joint teacher action research study in their presentation “Language and Literacy Through Free Exploration and Play: Two Case Studies.”

Sue Smeltzer, a former elementary teacher in the Wilson Area School District, conducted a two-year study of writing workshop practices in the second grade and will share her findings in her presentation “Pushing the Envelope: Introducing Student Choice and Voice in Our Schools.”

The Moravian graduates will be introduced by Dr. Joseph Shosh, assistant professor of education and director of the Moravian M.Ed. program, who will explain the critical framework used by the teachers to analyze their research data. Dr. Margot Ely, professor of teaching and learning at New York University, will question the panel and lead audience discussion.

Some 6,000 teachers and supervisors of elementary, middle, and secondary school English; English instructors at two-year colleges; college faculty in English and rhetoric; and teacher educators from across the United States and around the world will attend this year’s NCTE Convention.

On the agenda for the meeting are nearly 600 concurrent sessions and workshops focusing on all aspects of the teaching of English, talks by well-known educators and authors, exhibits of new teaching materials, sessions of working committees, and business meetings.

The National Council of Teachers of English, with 60,000 individual and institutional members worldwide, is dedicated to improving the teaching and learning of English and the language arts at all levels of education.