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From the Page to the Stage: Literacy and Theatre

A group of high school and college students in the North Country has turned to live theater and their own life stories as a way to better appreciate reading, writing and communication. Joining together readers of different levels, the Literacy and Theatre Project at St. Lawrence University is designed to help teens increase their motivation, confidence and creativity.
The goal is to bring the written word to life on stage for students, spark their imagination and inspire a desire to read by uniting literacy and theatre. Todd Moe reports.  Go to full article

Reading Challenge in Indian Lake

Teachers at Indian Lake Central School use a month-long reading challenge to spark an interest in literature outside the classroom. Todd Moe talks with English teacher Nora Harrington and school Librarian Karen Tinney.  Go to full article

Children's Writers and Illustrators Plan Watertown Conference

Writing and illustrating books for kids--its not as easy as you might think. We'll have a preview of a conference this spring in Watertown for writers and illustrators of children's literature. Todd Moe talks with Hope Irvin Marston of North Country Children's Writers and Illustrators.

For more information about the 2002 North Country Children's Writers and Illustrators conference on Saturday, April 27 at Immaculate Heart Central School in Watertown, call 315-773-5847, email: amarston@twcny.rr.com, or write: Writer's Conference, PO Box 710, Black River, NY 13612.  Go to full article

Job Skills: Math, Science and Computer Literacy

Literacy is the ability to read and write at a certain level of proficiency. But, increasingly it has become common to attach the word to the subjects of math, science and even computers. As our series on literacy in the North Country concludes today, we look at how employers are coping with the increasing demands for a more technologically skilled workforce and how the gap in skills affects the northern New York economy. Jody Tosti has our story.

Clinton County Literacy Volunteers (518) 564-5332
One-Stop Career Center, St. Lawrence County (315) 386-3276  Go to full article

People: Mike Coffey?On Poetry and Language

Our literacy series continues as poet Michael Coffey reads his poem "Marie" and talks about language. Brian Mann reports.  Go to full article

Even Start Program Helps Franklin County Families Learn to Read

Traditional research says that a child's ability to succeed in school is strongly related to his or her parent's—and especially mother's—level of education. If a mother learns to read or gets her GED, the idea goes, she's better prepared to read to her children, teach them the skills they'll need when they get to school. But further research says the situation may be more complicated. David Sommerstein explores the field of family literacy with a profile of the federal funded Even Start program in Franklin County.

Even Start programs in the North Country:
Franklin County: Joe Campbell, (518)4830290
St. Lawrence County: Faye Bartley, (315)379-9201 x164
Clinton & Essex Counties: Jeanette Mitchell, (518)942-3077
Herkimer County: (315)867-2079
There is currently no Even Start program in Jefferson or Lewis Counties.  Go to full article

Confessions of a Library "Criminal"

Brian Mann's commentary on his love of reading and books--and a love-hate relationship with libraries.  Go to full article

People: Jill Vaughan, home literacy educator

David Sommerstein talks with Jill Vaughan, the home educator with Even Start in Franklin County, about how poverty and class issues figure into literacy and school success.  Go to full article

Teaching First Graders to Read in Heuvelton

Todd Moe profiles a first grade class in Heuvelton, just on the verge of literacy, where a combination of phonics and whole-language is used to motivate kids to read, and the divide between fast learners and problem readers begins.  Go to full article

Learning to Read Late in Life

Coming out of the illiteracy closet. David Sommerstein profiles two people who have learned to read late in life with the help of Literacy Volunteers in Jefferson and Lewis counties.  Go to full article

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