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April 9 Seminar at Hudson Valley on NonFiction Matters with Author Harvey: Reading, Writing and Research in Grades 3-8

CONTACT: Lisa Roche (518) 629-8063 or Sarah Boggess at (518) 629-8071
FOR RELEASE: Immediate, Wednesday, March 14, 2001

Stephanie Harvey, the author of Nonfiction Matters, will offer teachers the tools to help students explore nonfiction on Monday, April 9 from 4 p.m. to 8 p.m. at Hudson Valley Community College. The event, sponsored by the Early Childhood Department, will take place in the Bulmer Telecommunications Center on the Hudson Valley campus, 80 Vandenburgh Ave., Troy. Registration is from 3:30 p.m. to 4 p.m. The program lasts from 4 p.m. to 8 p.m. and includes dinner. The event is open to the community. The fee is $20 for Albany City Area Reading Center (ACARC) members and $25 for nonmembers.

Harvey will show how students can read expository text, engage in research, and write authentic nonfiction that is captivating, visual and full of voice. Stephanie Harvey's practical suggestions help bring nonfiction to the curriculum. Her book, Nonfiction Matters, will be available for purchase. An reader called this book a "must-have for all elementary, middle and high school language arts teachers." The review continued, "It is an easy-to-read, practical guide for teaching expository writing. … Students are highly motivated by Harvey's approach."

Harvey has spent her career teaching and learning about reading and writing, as an elementary and special education teacher and now as a private consultant and a staff developer for the Denver-based Public Education and Business Coalition. She works with teachers in inner-city, suburban and rural settings, leading workshops, facilitating study groups, teaching courses and coordinating literacy projects.

For a registration form, contact Nancy Cupolo at 629-4863. Registration must be mailed by March 30 to Alisha Bahrmann, ACARC Board Member, 6 Lent Court, Apt. 6, Schenectady, NY 12306. For more information about membership in the ACARC, contact Dawn Baker, ACARC president, at 456-8315.

Hudson Valley Community College, located in Troy, offers more than 50 degree and certificate programs in four academic divisions: Business; Engineering and Industrial Technologies; Health Science; and Liberal Arts and Sciences. One of 30 community colleges in the State University of New York system, it has an enrollment of more than 9,000 students each year, and is known as a leader in distance learning.