Campus: CSU, Fullerton -- November 6, 2000

Reading Educators Named to Association's Hall of Fame

Two Cal State Fullerton professors are being recognized tonight by the California Reading Association for their service, dedication and leadership in the cause of reading literacy.

Joining the ranks of other educators in the California Reading Association Hall of Fame are Fullerton residents Dr. Ruth Yopp-Edwards and Dr. Hallie Yopp Slowik, professors of elementary, bilingual and reading education, who were unanimously selected by the association's executive board.

The twin sisters, who also are Cal State Fullerton alumni, will be formally inducted tonight during the organization's President's Award Dinner in Long Beach.

Hall of Fame inductees have made lasting contributions in the areas of: service to local councils of the California Reading Association, dedication to the cause of literacy, leadership in reading/language arts and scholarship that is recognized by professional peers.

"Your record of accomplishments is ample evidence of your dedication to the cause of literacy," said Lynn Gurnee of the association's Citations and Awards Committee. "You have inspired and motivated others by serving as model educators and leaders."

Yopp-Edwards and Slowik, members of CSUF's faculty since 1986, are co-authors of "Literature-Based Reading Activities" and "Oo-pples and Boo-noo-noos: Songs and Activities for Phonemic Awareness." They also co-authored "Ready for Reading: A Handbook for Parents of Preschoolers" with Dr. Ashley L. Bishop, CSUF professor of elementary, bilingual and reading education.

"The California Reading Hall of Fame has gained two most worthy members," said Bishop, who not only is a colleague of Yopp-Edwards and Slowik, but was one of their professors while they were studying for their master of science degree in education.

While attending Cal State Fullerton, each was nominated by their respective departments as Edwin Carr Fellows. "This award is given to graduate students who exhibit the potential to make significant future contributions to the field of education," said Bishop. "Hallie and Ruth have certainly met all the expectations associated with an Edwin Carr Fellowship. They are both known internationally for their contributions to the field of reading, have published three books and are finishing two others, have published in the field's most prestigious journals, and have presented seminars to parents and educational professionals from coast to coast. They are two very special people and have certainly earned this honor," he added.

Slowik is the graduate coordinator of the bilingual/bicultural education and elementary curriculum and instruction concentrations in the master of science degree program in education. She also has served on the all-university Graduate Education Committee. Yopp-Edwards is co-chair of the elementary, bilingual and reading education department.

"Hallie and Ruth are really superb and richly deserve this honor," noted Dr. L.Y. "Mickey" Hollis, associate dean for the College of Human Development and Community Service. "Their service to the university has been excellent."

Both honorees are active researchers and have developed a number of programs to further reading education. Since 1989, they have been directing "The Teacher Track: A Project to Increase Teacher Diversity," a teacher recruitment program funded by the CSU Chancellor's Office.

Yopp-Edwards and department colleague Dr. Beverly L. Young were the creators of a 1994 program "Beginning Teacher Support and Assessment Program," which provided workshops, mentors and information to help first- and second-year instructors in the Fullerton and La Habra elementary school districts. Three years later, Yopp-Edwards and Young were honored for their efforts by the American Association of Colleges for Teacher Education.

Yopp-Slowik-with Dr. Andrea M. Guillaume, professor of elementary, bilingual and reading education-created "The Reading Consortium" in the Anaheim, Fullerton, La Habra, Los Alamitos and Placentia-Yorba Linda school districts. The program was designed to improve primary reading instruction by providing a variety of training and support activities for reaching teachers.

Both Yopp-Edwards and Slowik have made numerous conference presentations on reading, language and teacher education. Slowik is a member of the editorial advisory board of Content Area Reading Journal and has served on the leadership team of the UCI/Orange County California Reading and Literature Project.

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