WMU News

Education expert shares views with local teachers, administrators

April 19, 2000

KALAMAZOO -- An education expert and author will visit the Kalamazoo area early in May to share his expertise with local teachers, administrators and the public.

Harvey Daniels, author of "Literature Circles," "Voice and Choice in the Student-Centered Classroom" and "Best Practice: New Standards for Teaching and Learning in America's Schools," will discuss his theories in an evening presentation on May 4 and all-day workshop on May 5 at Western Michigan University. Both events are in Room 2302 of Sangren Hall.

A former city and suburban classroom teacher, Daniels is professor of reading, language and interdisciplinary studies at National-Louis University in Chicago. He also directs the Best Practice Project, a regional network of schools committed to curriculum renewal through teacher and parent leadership.

Daniels is a much sought-after speaker and presenter on a variety of topics, including how to implement literature circles in classrooms, providing step-by-step advice for teachers on how to create a collaborative student-centered literacy activity.

In its original edition, "Best Practice" was the first book to summarize the emerging standards of state-of-the-art teaching, offering practical descriptions of instructional excellence across the curriculum. In the expanded second edition, Daniels gives updated descriptions of progressive teaching in six subject areas: reading, writing, math, science, social studies and the arts.

Daniels will discuss the consensus on how students learn best and under what conditions. He also will give glimpses of real student work along with a dose of humor.

Daniels' presentation on "Best Practices" is 7 to 8:30 p.m. on May 4 and is free and open to the public. No advance registration is required. His workshop on "Literature Circles" is from 8:30 to 2:30 p.m. on May 5 and costs $75 or $25 for students and includes lunch. Advance registration is required. Checks should be made payable to the Homer Carter Reading Council and mailed to the council to the attention of Gayle Green at P.O. Box 1124, Portage, MI, 49081.

Daniels' visit to Kalamazoo is sponsored by the Homer Carter Reading Council; Phi Delta Kappa, an international organization for professional educators; and the WMU College of Education. For more information, call (616) 467-5496.

Media contact: Mark Schwerin, 616 387-8400, mark.schwerin@wmich.edu

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