CSU Reading Conference: Preparing Teachers to Teach Reading Effectively

(Oct. 22, 2002)  Recognizing that quality instruction is crucial to helping students become successful readers, the California State University is hosting a Reading Conference to share practices and programs that prepare teachers to teach reading effectively.

The event will be held Wednesday, Oct. 23, from 9 a.m. to 3:30 p.m., at the Hilton Los Angeles Airport and Towers Hotel, 5711 W. Century Blvd.

"The CSU is preparing the majority of individuals who have chosen to become reading teachers," said David S. Spence, CSU executive vice chancellor and chief academic officer. "These teachers must have a fundamental understanding of the complexity of reading and how to develop students' full reading potential."

The Reading Conference will bring together practicing teachers, school administrators, curriculum specialists, county office of education personnel, CSU faculty, and members of the California State Board of Education, the California Department of Education, and the California Commission on Teacher Credentialing.

Reading has become a critical focal point for the CSU and the public schools because large numbers of California high school graduates come to the university without appropriate reading skills for college-level work. In fall 2001, 46 percent of entering freshmen lacked basic English skills and had to take remedial classes.

To reverse these trends, the CSU has invested more than $9 million in initiatives to improve math and reading proficiency in public schools. CSU faculty have been assigned to work with teachers and mentors in high schools, and programs have been implemented to develop more effective methods to teach reading in elementary and high schools.

As part of that effort, the CSU has created the CSU Center for the Advancement of Reading that focuses on reading research and instruction, and recently published a new faculty document covering "Preparing Teachers to Teach Reading Effectively."

The CSU also provides advanced graduate preparation in reading for experienced teachers. Many campuses offer a state-approved Reading Certificate, Reading/Language Arts Specialist Credential programs and master's degrees in reading and language arts.

Teacher preparation is a key mission of the California State University. CSU prepares 60 percent of the state's teachers for grades K-12.

The California State University is the largest system of senior higher education in the country, with 23 campuses, more than 400,000 students and 44,000 faculty and staff. Since the system was created in 1961, it has awarded about 2 million degrees. The CSU is renowned for the quality of its teaching and for the job-ready graduates it produces. Its mission is to provide high-quality, affordable education to meet the ever-changing needs of the people of California. With its commitment to excellence, diversity and innovation, the CSU is the university system that is working for California. See www.calstate.edu.

Contact: Clara Potes-Fellow (562) 951-4806, cpotes-fellow@calstate.edu

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Last Updated:22 October 2002

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