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May 6, 2003
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Kean University to Host New Jersey Council of Teachers of English Conference

UNION, N.J – Kean University will host The Inner Voice and the Great Conversation: Literacy Today, the sixth Strategies for Teachers of At-Risk Students (STARS) conference, on Thursday, May 15, from 8 a.m. to 3:15 p.m. in the University Center, Room 228, 1000 Morris Avenue, Union, N.J. Sponsored by the Department of Instruction and Educational Leadership (IEL) of the College of Education at Kean University, the New Jersey Council of Teachers of English (NJCTE) symposium will include three keynote speakers, book signings and sales, publishers’ exhibits and a choice of two elementary, middle-school or college-level workshops on literacy.

Gordon Korman, author of close to 50 works for children and young adults, including his most popular, This Can’t be Happening at Macdonald Hall, will lead a discussion on developing stories, humor, dialogue and editing. Developed as part of a 7th-grade English assignment, Macdonald Hall is the basis of the Disney® series titled The Jersey. In addition, Edwin Romond, a Dodge poet, former English teacher and current guidance counselor at Warren Hills Regional High School in Warren County, N.J., and Dr. Maria Schantz, co-author of Reading Literature in American Schools and director of the Reading and Study Skills Center and the Reading Clinic at Montclair State University, will be featured speakers. Schantz is NJCTE’s Outstanding English Language Arts Educator of 1996, charter member of the National Council of Teachers of English (NCTE) International Assembly and an active advocate for literacy. Dr. Mary Ann Walko, professor in Kean’s IEL department, will conduct a workshop highlighting Strategies for Success: Teaching Language Arts across the Curriculum.

Pre-registration fee is $60 for NJCTE members; $65 for non-members; and $30 for full-time students and retirees, which includes continental breakfast and buffet luncheon. Participants can earn up to five hours of professional-development credit. For more information or to register, please contact Dr. Myra Weiger, chairperson of Kean’s IEL department, at 908-737-4287 or e-mail