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UHV To Host Literacy Conference February 18th

On Saturday, February 18, the University of Houston-Victoria School of Education and Human Development will host a literacy conference in conjunction with the Mid-Coast Reading Council. The event will be held in the UHV Multi-Purpose Room from 8 a.m. to 1 p.m.

Titled “Literacy for All Ages and Cultures,” the conference will feature several speakers, including a welcoming address from Dr. John Stansell, dean of the UHV School of Education and Human Development. Dr. Gary Branfman, a local surgeon whose first novel, Surreal Eternity, was published by TurnKey Press in 2003, will give the keynote address.

Topics to be explored at the conference include technology and literacy development; metacognitive reading strategies; content area literacy; and reading and cultural variation. The event is designed to be of use to educational professionals as well as others, such as parents who homeschool their children and community members interested in learning more about literacy.

“Literacy is the key to all learning,” said event organizer Dr. Jane Fry, UHV associate professor of education/reading. “Conference attendees can look forward to lively, productive discussion among people dedicated to progress in education.”

The Mid-Coast Reading Council is the regional affiliate of the Texas State Reading Association. Founded in 1971, TSRA works to improve the level of literacy quality in the state of Texas through promoting research and advancement in reading instruction.

The event is free to TSRA members and costs $10 for non-members. For more information on the conference or the Mid-Coast Reading Council, contact Dr. Jane Fry at (361) 570-4283.

The University of Houston-Victoria, located in the heart of the Coastal Bend region since 1973, offers courses leading to 70 bachelor’s, master’s and specialist degree programs and concentrations in the schools of Arts & Sciences; Business Administration; and Education, Health Professions & Human Development. UHV provides face-to-face classes at its Victoria campus, as well as a teaching center in Katy, and online classes that students can take from anywhere. UHV supports the American Association of State Colleges and Universities Opportunities for All initiative to increase awareness about state colleges and universities, and the important role they have in providing a high-quality and accessible education to an increasingly diverse student population, as well as contributing to regional and state economic development.