Local educational pioneer makes generous donation
Who: Local donor and CSUMB library director
The Library at California State University, Monterey Bay will receive the social science archive from internationally-acclaimed, and Carmel Highlands resident, Dr. Don H. Parker, on Tuesday, June 6, at 1:30 p.m. Parker is credited with inventing individualized teaching techniques and methods for teaching hundreds of millions of young people to read. Parker's extensive gift includes 50 years worth of his original educational research materials, an edition for Spanish-speaking students, plus various editions of the SRA Reading Laboratory. In addition to reading tools, there are also science kits, which were developed along the same principles as the Reading Laboratories.
The media is encouraged to attend this event.
CSUMB and head librarian Bill Robnett are extremely grateful for the receipt of this gift. "This remarkable SRA collection is composed of all of Don Parker's original materials, and it is the only one of its kind in the world. It includes all generations of the development of materials and Dr. Parker's incredibly detailed notes and transcripts involving his research with children and teachers. The collection provides significant original research opportunities for not only our students and faculty, but also others in the community and around the world. It will add importantly to our collection in ways we otherwise could not afford."
Dr. Parker developed the SRA (Scientific Research Associates, Inc.) Reading Laboratory Series over 50 years ago as he tried to find a way to promote individualized learning in the classroom. The SRA Series has been successfully used by over 127 million children around the world. The Laboratories offer a reading education program that meets the needs of each individual by providing materials at various levels of reading comprehension.
California State University, Monterey Bay is rapidly expanding its teacher credential programs to help meet the pressing local and statewide need for qualified teachers. As CSUMB continues to train teachers, Parker's archive will provide an invaluable tool for research and reading education.
Parker's gift successfully addresses a major objective of the CSUMB mission by providing access to education for all individuals and creating programs that enable each child and adult to learn at his or her own pace and in his or her own individual manner. Robnett enthused, "In these new archives of Cal State Monterey Bay, the student can get hands-on experience with the results of Dr. Parker's half-century of basic in-classroom research and a look into the head and heart that created it. Here, truly, is demonstrated archival activity at its best."
For more information regarding this event, please contact Steve Weldon at (831) 582-3908.
The donation ceremony will begin on time at 1:30 p.m. in the Library on the CSUMB campus.
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