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Virginia Teachers Hope to Gain Tips on Incorporating Charlottesville Reading Program Into Their Schools

August 21, 2001 -- Media notice: Although the conference is not open to the public, media representatives are welcome to attend.

About 100 teachers will meet at the University of Virginia Aug. 20 and 21 to learn how to adopt Book Buddies, a nationally recognized reading-improvement program, in their schools.

During the conference in Ruffner Hall Auditorium, 405 Emmet St., the teachers will learn how to implement the tutoring program that trains community volunteers to work one-on-one with first graders under the supervision of trained reading specialists. They will also learn how to design and manage their own reading tutorial programs.

"They will gain practical pointers for establishing effective, individualized tutoring programs," said Mary Abouzeid, director of the McGuffey/TEMPO Reading Outreach Program, which offers courses and degree programs in reading instruction throughout Virginia.

Most of the teachers at the conference, sponsored by the McGuffey/TEMPO Reading Outreach Program, have received Virginia’s Reading Excellence Award grants that will fund implementation of successful programs in their schools.

Started by Marcia Invernizzi, an associate professor in U.Va.’s Curry School of Education, and her colleagues in Charlottesville schools in 1991, Book Buddies has gained national attention for its success in enabling young children to read.
In recognition of that success, the conference has received financial support from Wachovia and Pearson Learning Group.

For more information, contact Mary Abouzeid at (434) 924-0750 or (434) 242-6320.

FOR ADDITIONAL INFORMATION: Contact the Office of University Relations at (804) 924-7116. Television reporters should contact the TV News Office at (804) 924-7550.
SOURCE: U.Va. News Services

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