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UW-RF Launches "Exploring U" in Hudson

MARCH 5, 2005--A new program presenting a variety of timely topics has been created by the UW-River Falls office of outreach and graduate studies in an effort to bring awareness of UW-RF's resources to families and others in the Hudson area.

"Exploring 'U'" is a program created to provide literature, resources and information on various continuing education, youth and senior outreach programs and other opportunities available through UW-RF.

"Exploring 'U'" presentations will be held on April 13, 27 and May 10 from 7 to 8:30 p.m. at the Hudson Hospital Conference Center at 405 Stageline Road in Hudson.

All sessions are free and open to the public. Reservations are encouraged but not required and participants can attend one or all. For reservations call 715/425-3256 or e-mail the office of outreach and graduate studies at

On Wednesday, April 13, the program "Reading Begins at Birth: Supporting 'Readers' in their Early Explorations," is presented by Margaret Phinney, UW-RF elementary literacy education professor and director of the master's program in reading, and Gay Ward, UW-RF assistant professor of literacy and early childhood education.

Research indicates that children who have early interactive language and literacy experiences by being spoken and read to have more success in learning to read. It is believed that the reading process begins when an individual starts making meaningful connections with books.

Participants will explore characteristics of the pre-verbal, pre-print and emergent reading phases by identifying the tools young children use to explore texts. Strategies will focus on taking meaning from books. Participants will view and discuss filmed case studies of young children.

On Wednesday, April 27 the program "Successful Family Communication" is presented by Barbara Werner, UW-RF professor and chairperson of the department of speech communication and theatre arts.

Conflict becomes inevitable in any relationship. It is neither good nor bad, it is a fact. However, managed conflict can be functional or dysfunctional. During this interactive meeting, Werner will discuss relationship types and show how differences in types affect the communication and conflict that is likely to arise within families and between adults. Following the presentation, audience members will be encouraged to ask questions and to assess their relational types and conflict styles.

On Tuesday, May 10 UW-RF mathematics Professor Kathy Ernie and Associate Professor Laurel Langford present "Making Sense of Math: Students Creating Strategies in the Elementary Grades."

The math that children learn in school today is different from what parents remember from their grade school days. Why has math teaching changed so much? What ore the advantages of new methods? How can parents help their children with math learning? Ernie and Langford speak about underlying principles behind new elementary mathematics curricula, including the "Everyday Math" curriculum that is being used in the Hudson School District.


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