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UAlbany Summer Literacy Institute Examines Assessment and Instruction
Institute will be held June 28-30

Contact: Catherine Herman (518) 437-4980

ALBANY, N.Y. (June 24, 2005) -- The University at Albany School of Education announces its first annual Summer Literacy Institute. The workshop, for 2005 themed Literacy Assessment and Instruction, will address demands put on schools by the federal No Child Left Behind legislation.

The institute will offer teachers and school leaders three days of intensive exploration of literacy assessment issues and techniques, including an examination of the new standards-based testing system for grades 3-8. University at Albany faculty and Capital Region literacy experts will deliver daily keynote addresses, follow-up break-out sessions, and focused workshops.

Among the speakers are David Abrams from the New York State Education Department, who will speak on The comprehensive assessment system in New York State. Judith Langer from the UAlbany School of Education's Department of Educational Theory and Practice will deliver Beating the Odds: How schools use high stakes testing mandates in positive rather than negative ways, and Sean Walmsley, chair of the Department of Reading, will speak on Lessons learned from university-school collaborations.

The School of Education is a leader in preparing and sustaining thousands of teachers and administrators in the Capital Region and throughout New York State. Through its degree programs as well as its faculty members’ expert contributions to regional and national workshops, seminars and consulting, the school has helped define and support excellence in teaching, learning, and leadership.

The institute will be held on the University at Albany uptown campus' New Library, Standish Room and the East and West Seminar Rooms at the Center for Excellence in Teaching and Learning, June 28-30, 8:30 a.m. - 3 p.m.

For registration, information and a complete schedule, contact Susan Palmer, (518) 442-3911 or, or visit


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