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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE – February 3, 2009

MENDOCINO COLLEGE, 1000 Hensley Creek Road, Ukiah, CA 95482

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File: NR-Teaching Conference set for February 20-21

Ukiah – Mendocino College presents “Teachers on Teaching: Building Communities of Learners,” a day and a half conference for local secondary and post secondary educators, set for Friday afternoon and Saturday February 20-21 at the college campus in Ukiah. “The college is hosting this event to bring local educators together to share ideas, build relationships, and learn about current educational practices,” says college English Instructor Debra Polak. “Current and prospective teachers, education counselors, and instructional aides are urged to attend this conference close to home to help save transportation costs and other fees usually associated with professional development training,” adds college Dean of Instruction Virginia Guleff.
Keynote speaker for the conference is Dr. Ann Johns, international educator and teacher trainer. Johns is also the author of “Text, Role and Context: Developing Academic Literacies,” and more than fifty articles and book chapters dealing with new developments in educational theory and practice. She has recently edited “Diversity in College Classrooms: Practices for Today’s Campuses,” and co-founded the Learning Communities Program at San Diego State University where she still teaches in the program.
Topics for the conference include Creating Academic and Career Pathways from High School to College, Making California High School Standards Relevant to College Educators, and Teaching and Learning Strategies for Basic Skills, English as a Second Language, and Across Disciplines. A goal of the conference is to build community among area educators.

The conference begins Friday afternoon, February 20, at 2 p.m. at the Mendocino College campus in Ukiah, continuing to 5:30 p.m. Friday and resumes Saturday morning with Dr. Johns’ keynote presentation set for 9 a.m. The conference and breakout sessions conclude at 4 p.m. Saturday. Refreshments and lunch will be provided. Cost for the conference is $15. College credit is also available for those who register for credit, and attendees interested in college credit must be enrolled no later than February 19. Other fees apply for those interested in college credit.
For registration forms and more information, please contact Mendocino College via e mail at or call English Instructor Debra Polak at 707 468-3137.   


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