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Renowned Literacy Education Author Donald Graves To Kick Off Week of the Young Child at Hudson Valley

CONTACT: Lisa Roche (518) 629-8063 or Sarah Boggess (518) 629-8073
FOR RELEASE: Immediate, March 16, 2000

In celebration of the International Week of the Young Child, Hudson Valley Community College will be sponsoring a series of events through its Early Childhood Department in April. All events will take place on the Hudson Valley Community College campus, 80 Vandenbergh Avenue, Troy, in the locations specified.

On Saturday, April 1, 2000 from 9 to noon at the Bulmer Telecommunications Conference Center, renowned author and literacy expert Donald Graves will present "Bring Life into Learning," a discussion of writing across the curriculum.

One of America's most renowned authors on literacy and education, Donald Graves' newest book Bring Life Into Learning brings the human aspect of various disciplines center-stage, while teaching essential learning skills. Graves writes: "In literature circles we discuss character…people who saw the world differently and shared it with us…in historical events, in scientific breakthroughs, in art." He presents sample scripts for motivation, art exercises, interview scripts, lists for recording personal observations on science and nature and more. With its multidisciplinary applications, Bring Life Into Learning is broad in scope, but unwavering in its focus—the journey of becoming human.

Donald Graves has previously published Writing Teachers & Children at Work (Heinemann, 1983) and A Fresh Look at Writing (Heinemann, 1994) which have had tremendous impact on the way writing is taught in schools.

Registration for the three-hour seminar begins at 8:15 with a continental breakfast. The fee is $35. To register, contact Alisha Marriner at 356-2498 or Dawn Baker at 456-8315.

Other April events include the following free workshops:

On Tuesday, April 11th from 9 a.m. to 10 a.m. in Higbee 100, the Early Childhood Department will present a free workshop on parenting skills entitled "Peaceful Families: Helpful Hints for Positive Parenting." The workshop, presented by Early Childhood faculty member Nancy Cupola, will take place in Higbee 100.

On Friday, April 14th from 11 a.m. to noon in Higbee 100, Hudson Valley presents "Conversations with Colleagues: Violence Among School Children." Faculty representatives from Early Childhood, Criminal Justice and Psychology will present an interdisciplinary panel discussion about the Flint, Michigan incident of a six-year old committing murder, among other juvenile crimes, and facilitate discussion about what can be done to address these issues.

The April 11th and April 14th workshops are both free and open to the public. For more information, contact the Hudson Valley Community College Early Childhood Department at 629-7250.

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; and an Educational Opportunity Center for academic and career training. 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 initiatives and workforce training.