Campus: CSU, Stanislaus -- June 30, 2000

University Hosting Variety Of Programs This Summer

California State University, Stanislaus is the scene of a wide variety of programs this summer featuring classes, programs and activities for teachers as well as students at all levels.

Helping teachers improve on their skills is high on the CSU Stanislaus priority list this summer. The University's College of Education is hosting many programs for kindergarten through 12th grade teachers, including institute sessions on reading and writing, English learners, technology and mathematics.

Some 70 area teachers will participate in the first ever Delta Sierra Educational Technology Collaborative July 17-21 at CSU Stanislaus. Teachers will work within their school teams to develop technology-infused curriculum and also team with coaches and students enrolled in the University's Educational Technology Master's Program.

Followup programs will be held throughout the coming school year at school sites, the Stanislaus County Office of Education and the San Joaquin County Office of Education. The program is under the direction of Dawn Pool, a CSU Stanislaus Advanced Studies in Education faculty member who specializes in education technology; Marianne Pack of the Stanislaus County Office of Education and the California Technology Assistance Project; and Bridget Foster of Stanislaus County Office of Education and California Learning Resource Network.

Another new program offered this year in Stockton through the University's School of Fine and Performing Arts is a summer arts session for youngsters. Funded through the San Joaquin County Health and Human Services Department, the Tuesday, Thursday and Friday sessions conducted by CSU Stanislaus students and faculty provide programs in art, music and drama four a group of Stockton Unified School District fourth through sixth grade students from underprivileged backgrounds.

Adults, as well as youngsters, can participate in the School of Education's Great Valley Writing Project.

The program, which includes sessions on reading and writing instruction featuring some of the top language arts teachers in the region and enhancement of learning through writing in math, science, and social studies, is described by organizers as "teachers training teachers to be better teachers of writing." For fifth through eighth-grade youngsters, the 11th Annual Young Writers' Workshop featuring a setting that nurtures creativity with the written word is scheduled for July 10-21on campus.

Kindergarten through third-grade teachers are also sharpening their reading instruction skills for the first time at CSU Stanislaus through the California Reading and Literature Project that includes five different sessions through August. Part of the Governor's Reading Professional Development Institutes, the program provides intensive reading professional development institutes for teams of teachers, specialists and administrators from schools whose students are below state reading standards.

The University's Math/Science Academy under the direction of Mathematics Professor Viji Sundar has a full summer of programs. Sixth through eighth-grade students participate in the always popular annual Pre-Freshman Enrichment Program that focuses on science and mathematics-oriented activities at the campus. This year's sessions run from June 26 through July 20.

The Central California Mathematics Project, coordinated by Sundar and funded by a grant from the University of California, is providing teacher development sessions in mathematics for more than 200 teachers. The programs, being conducted through August on a variety of time schedules, are for teachers of elementary mathematics, sixth through 12th grade algebra instructors, and high school mathematics teachers.

The University's Associated Students is conducting its annual Summer Kids' Camp for children 5 through 12 years old through late August. Activities, ranging from computer time and science experiments to outdoor games and picnics, are scheduled from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Monday through Friday.

Middle school and high school students participate in the annual junior, senior and chamber music camps in June.

The 1998 Summer Session, conducted by the University Extended Education Department, is offering more than 175 class sections in three segments -- June 12 through July 21, June 12 through July 14 and July 24 through August 18.

Open registration continues through the first week of classes, that are available to the general public as well as continuing University students. Class schedules and registration information are available at the University Extended Education Office, (209) 667-3111.

The Athletic Department is hosting youth summer camps for basketball, baseball, soccer, volleyball, and softball. Information is available at the athletic department, 667-3566.

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