NKU to host information literacy lecture Oct. 1

For immediate release…
Thursday – Sept. 5, 2013

HIGHLAND HEIGHTS, Ky. - The Northern Kentucky University Department of Teacher Education and Center for Educator Excellence will present a free public lecture by international literacy consultant Dr. Janet Allen on Tuesday, Oct. 1, at 6:30 p.m. in the NKU Student Union Ballroom.

The lecture, titled “Information Literacy: It’s Not Just Reading More Nonfiction!”, will discuss topics and themes, units and texts, and essential questions and content standards. How did it get so complicated? Regardless of how teachers organize curriculum and instruction, learning content requires that students know how to decode a wide variety of texts every day.

Dr. Allen will explore effective instructional strategies for teaching students how to navigate a variety of nonfiction texts; learn the vocabulary that will help them communicate content knowledge; and demonstrate their understanding of content and strategies using a variety of print and non-print formats.

Dr. Allen is an international consultant recognized for her literacy work. She has written numerous professional articles and chapters in texts related to young adult literature, teaching reading and writing, and vocabulary instruction. Her extensive body of work includes “Tools for Teaching Content Literacy” and “More Tools for Teaching Content Literacy.”

Keynotes from Dr. Allen’s four-day It’s Never Too Late literacy institutes have been recorded in a collection titled “Re-Imagining Reading.” In addition, she has written a children’s picture book, “Best Little Wingman.”

She is a senior program consultant for Holt McDougal Literature 6-12 and spends her time researching, writing, speaking and conducting seminars and content literacy institutes across the country.

Admission to the Oct. 1 lecture is free, but registration at http://www.surveymonkey.com/s/KQRNCM5 is encouraged. If you have questions, please contact the NKU Department of Teacher Education at (859) 572-1957 or teachereducation@nku.edu.

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