Tuesday in San Francisco Charles Temple, professor of education, gave a talk titled “Reading, Writing, and Citizenship” at the annual convention of the International Reading Association. The talk was invited by the association's president, Donna Ogle, who serves as a volunteer in Russia and Romania for the Reading and Writing for Critical Thinking Project (RWCT) which Temple directs. At this week's convention it was announced that another RWCT volunteer, Mary Ellen Vogt of the California State University at Long Beach, will be president-elect of the International Reading Association, the world's largest professional group devoted to supporting literacy. The association, which is known by its unfortunate initials as the IRA (in Ireland we call it the RAI) has 350,000 members in 99 countries.
At the convention Temple was asked by the Ministry of Education of the Phillipines to plan the delivery of the RWCT project in that country next year. Plans are already under way to offer RWCT for teachers of Burmese rufugees in Thailand beginning in June, and possibly inside Burma (Myanmar)in the fall. These three countries will expand the fold of the RWCT project to 31, in the former Soviet Union, Central Europe, Central Asia, Central America (Guatemala), and now Southeast Asia. RWCT workshops are conducted by volunteering consultants. From HWS have come Scott Brophy, Cheryl Forbes, and Steven Lee.
Temple conferred with the IRA staff on a trip to Tanzania next in connection with the Capacity Building in the Teaching of Reading Project, which the association is coordinating for the Tanzanian Ministry of Education and Culture and UNESCO. Melissa Bowman (William Smith Class of 2003) will serve as an intern on that trip, which will take the team to Dar es Salaam, Morogoro, and Korogwe, Tanzania.