FDU Center for Dyslexia Studies to Offer Summer Course at Wroxton College

Teaneck, N.J. (March 4, 2009)—Literacy and special education teachers can earn continuing education credits or graduate credit in their fields this summer at Fairleigh Dickinson University’s Wroxton College campus in Oxfordshire, England.

FDU’s Center for Dyslexia Studies is offering “Literacy Topics” to address the teaching of literature to first- through eighth-grade students with dyslexia. Lecture topics will include guidelines for choosing children’s literature for students with dyslexia and an overview of British regular and special education systems, said Mary Farrell, professor in FDU’s Peter Sammartino School of Education and director of the university’s Center for Dyslexia Studies.

Day trips to London, Warwick Castle, a nationally recognized special education school and a performance of the Royal Shakespeare Company in Stratford-upon-Avon are part of the 10-day package, which runs from Friday, June 26, through Sunday, July 5.

“This course will offer educators an opportunity to learn how special education, and dyslexia in particular, is addressed in another country as well as to examine literacy topics domestically and abroad.” Farrell said. “At the same time, participants will be able to sample the rich cultural and historical heritage of England.”

Literacy Topics will be taught by Barbara McAuliffe and Judy Shapiro, faculty in the Center for Dyslexia Studies’ nationally accredited Orton Gillingham Dyslexia Specialist Program, and by three Wroxton College faculty members. The course has been accredited and approved for 24 continuing education credits by IMSLEC, the International Multisensory Structured Language Council. The course is also available for FDU graduate credit.

The $2,500 cost includes round-trip airfare, airport transfers, room and board at Wroxton College and a fee for the continuing education units. To reserve a spot, participants must submit a nonrefundable $500 deposit by Wednesday, April 1. For more information or to register, contact Grace Hottinger, Center for Dyslexia Studies, at 201-682-2616 or graceh@fdu.edu.

About Wroxton College

Wroxton College has educated more than 7,500 students since it was opened by Fairleigh Dickinson University in 1965. Teaching and living facilities are located in Wroxton Abbey, a 17th-century Jacobean mansion surrounded by 56 acres of lawns, lakes and woodlands in England’s Cotswolds region. For more information about Wroxton College, go to http://view.fdu.edu/default.aspx?id=326

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