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English professor to keynote national conference

Feb. 25, 2009

KALAMAZOO--Dr. Karen S. Vocke, associate professor of English at Western Michigan University, will be the keynote speaker for the 2009 Rural Sites Network Conference to be held Friday and Saturday, March 13-14, in Kalamazoo's Radisson Plaza Hotel.

The Rural Sites Network links the nation's rural teachers together through the sites of the National Writing Project. WMU's affiliate organization, the Third Coast Writing Project, is serving as host for the network's 2009 conference. During the gathering, attendees will explore the guiding ideas about reading, writing and thinking in today's rural schools.

Vocke teaches courses in English education, literacy and language, and has studied education in Cuba. Her research focuses on critical literacy, migrant education, English-as-a-Second-Language issues, bilingual education and international literacy perspectives.

She is the author of "Where Do I Go from Here?," a book published in 2007 by Heinemann that examines the unique educational needs of migrant students. The book is based on her activities with teachers and migrant farm workers across the United States, work she is continuing through her extensive involvement in the migrant education initiatives of southwest Michigan school districts.

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Media contact: Jeanne Baron, (269) 387-8400, jeanne.baron@wmich.edu

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