UNT alumna to address reading, writing conference

Monday, August 25, 2014 - 20:09

What: 13th Annual Denton Area T.A.I.R. Conference -- Navigating Your Path as a Lifelong Literacy Leader

When: 8 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. Sept. 20 (Saturday)

Where: Guyer High School, 7501 Teasley Lane, Denton

Cost: $25 for early bird registration postmarked by Sept. 9;

$40 for late registration and on-site registration

Contact: For registration information, contact Teddi Martin, lecturer in the College of Education, at Teddi.Martin@unt.edu

DENTON (UNT), Texas -- University of North Texas alumna and author Joan Curtis will serve as keynote speaker at the 13th Annual Denton Area Texas Association for Improvement of Reading Conference, sponsored in part by the North Star of Texas Writing Project at UNT.

Parents, teachers and aspiring teachers are invited to the conference, scheduled for 8 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. Sept. 20 (Saturday) at Guyer High School, 7501 Teasley Lane in Denton. Conference registration is $25 by Sept. 9 or $40 for late registration and on-site registration.

Curtis, who is the secondary language arts and world language coordinator for Denton ISD, is the author of The Number Fairy, a children's picture book,and Just Keep Breathing, a memoir.

"Because our goal for this conference is to encourage our future teachers to create a path to lifelong teaching and learning, we thought that Joan is the perfect example," Carol Wickstrom, associate professor of teacher education and administration in UNT's College of Education. "Her path went from undergraduate student to wife, mother and volunteer, to high school teacher, to graduate student, to central office school district administrator, to published author."

About the North Star of Texas Writing Project at UNT

The North Star of Texas Writing Project at UNT partners with schools in several North Texas school districts to support individual teachers. North Star works to empower students by empowering their educators through a professional community.

About UNT's College of Education

UNT's College of Education prepares students to contribute to the advancement of education, health and human development. Founded in 1890 as a teacher's training college, UNT now enrolls more than 4,000 students in the College of Education, which consists of four departments -- counseling and higher education; educational psychology; kinesiology, health promotion and recreation; and teacher education and administration. UNT's College of Education certifies about 1,000 teachers a year -- making it the largest producer of new teachers in the north Texas region. Students are also prepared for careers as researchers, counselors, leaders, physical activity and health promotion specialists, child development and family studies specialists and more.

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