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May 2005

Release Date: May 2, 2005

ASU Educators to Present Research at International Reading Conference

Research by four members of the Angelo State University School of Education faculty will be presented at the 50th Annual International Reading Association Conference in San Antonio on Wednesday and Thursday, May 4-5.

Dr. Judith A. Hakes, professor of education, and Dr. Marilyn J. Eisenwine, assistant professor of education, will present "Pecos Bill Rides Again in the Wireless West: Reaching Out for Diverse Educational Opportunities (RODEO) Project" at the conference.

They will be joined by San Angelo Independent School District teachers Lori Barton and Sandy Pedersen, who worked with Hakes and Eisenwine on the project. Barton and Pedersen both teach at Santa Rita Elementary School, where the RODEO project was developed.

The project takes a high-tech approach to helping children ages 8 to 12 use authentic reading and writing activities by using devices such as laptops, personal data assistants and digital and video cameras to create multimedia presentations.

At the conference, Hakes, Eisenwine and the teachers will showcase classroom examples from Santa Rita and offer suggestions for how teachers can implement the RODEO project in their own classrooms.

Dr. Nancy Hadley and Dr. Mary Sanders, both assistant professors from the ASU School of Education, will also speak in a session titled, "Innovative Approaches to Reading Comprehension with Young Adults" on Wednesday.

They will describe an interactive approach developed through research trials in the teacher preparation program. The approach has helped education majors increase their critical reading comprehension skills to maneuver standardized testing traps found on the state licensure test.

The International Reading Association Conference draws about 20,000 educators from around the world. About 25 percent of session proposals are accepted each year. Keynote speakers for this year's conference will include syndicated humor columnist and author Dave Barry and actress Julie Andrews.