Education Secretary to Visit Local School, U.Va. Class On April
7, 1999 -- U.S. Secretary of Education Richard W.
Riley will gain and offer insights into the federal government's
role in public education during visits at Johnson Elementary School
and the University of Virginia on Monday, April 12. Reporters and
photographers are invited to accompany Riley at both locations.
will visit Johnson School at 1645 Cherry Ave. from 1:45 to 2:30
p.m. to observe and discuss the role federal grants can play in
helping children learn to read. At 3 p.m. at U.Va. he will address
students during an "American Politics" class in Wilson Auditorium
taught by Larry Sabato, the Universitiy's Robert Kent Gooch Professor
of Government and Foreign Affairs.
1:45 to 2 p.m. at Johnson School, Riley will observe a Book Buddies
tutor working with a child in the school's Book Buddies room. From
approximately 2 to 2:30 p.m., he will meet in the school's conference
room with several educators to discuss the relationship of federal
grants in stimulating tutoring of children in reading.
for the tutoring program at Johnson School is provided in part by
U.Va. students who receive federal work-study funds to serve as
reading tutors through the America Reads initiative.
is also provided from volunteer tutors in the Book Buddies Program,
a collaborative effort uniting Charlottesville City Schools educators
with faculty and students in U.Va.'s McGuffey Reading Center. The
volunteer program was co-founded by Marcia Invernizzi and Connie
Juel, faculty in U.Va.'s Curry School of Education. Through a Center
for the Improvement of Early Reading Achievement (CIERA) grant and
America Reads work-grant program, a Book Buddies Program has also
been established in a Bronx, N.Y. school.
at the 2 p.m. meeting are Jim Henderson, Johnson principal; Connie
Juel, a U.Va. education professor and CIERA co-director; Marcia
Invernizzi, a U.Va. associate professor of education; and Carol
Rasco, director of America Reads.
his visit at the school, Riley will address U.Va. and high school
students attending Sabato's class. The high school students are
Virginia Youth Leaders, the first class in U.Va.'s Center for Governmental
Studies' Youth Leadership Initiative.
more information about Riley's visit at Johnson School, call Cecilia
Minden-Cupp, program coordinator at U.Va.'s Center for the Improvement
of Early Reading Achievement, at (804) 243-8688.
more information about Riley's visit to Sabato's class, call Alex
Theodoridis, program director, in the Center for Governmental Studies
at (804) 243-8468.
Contact: Ida Lee Wooten, (804) 924-6857