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Temple Keynotes at IRA Convention

Charlie Temple of the Colleges' Education Department delivered a keynote speech at the International Reading Association's annual convention on May 4th. The convention regularly draws between 15,000 and 20,000 educators. The talk was entitled “Literacy Around the World: Four Projects on Five Continents (in Sixty Minutes!)” and it reviewed activities sponsored by the Open Society Institute, UNESCO, the World Bank, and the US State Department that Temple and his colleagues have led. It was noted that attempts to enroll the world's 104 million children who are out of school are in danger of winning the battle but losing the war if efforts to improve the quality of teaching and curriculum are not approached with more vigor. But issues of teacher training and curriculum development, including attention to literacy education in teacher training colleges, have mostly stayed off the radar of the donor nations supporting UNESCO's “Education for All” initiative.

Temple is serving as a Fulbright Scholar in Romania this spring, and is participating in several literacy projects around the region. In Romania, he is conducting workshops for teachers from the Romanian Literature Association who will write contemporary literature for teenagers. In Bulgaria, he is helping writers from Bulgaria, Macedonia, Serbia, and the Czech Republic produce children's literature for Roma children, in order to promote children's knowledge of Roma culture and also their success in school. In a parallel project for teachers from Romania, Bulgaria, Moldova, Slovakia, Slovenia, and Croatia, Temple and colleagues are helping educators develop literacy assessment instruments and assessment-based teaching procedures for young Roma students. In the Republc of Georgia, Temple is helping the national ministry develop literacy materials and teaching techniques to boost the academic success of immigrant children from Armenia and Azerbaijan. He is also delivering workshops in the Misiones province of Argentina to help teachers develop improved techniques for literacy instruction.

While at the IRA convention Temple discussed writing projects with editors from two publishers. With Allyn and Bacon, Temple is co-authoring a seventh edition of “Understanding Reading Problems–Assessment and Instruction,” and a second edition of “All Children Read: Teaching for Literacy in Diverse Classrooms;” and also a first edition of the “Developmental Literacy Inventory,” an assessment instrument. All three works are scheduled for publication in 2007. In addition, he negotiated a contract for a new book on teaching for critical thinking and critical literacy, which Guilford Publishing company hopes to release in 2008. (Temple hopes that, too. He just has to find tme to write that puppy).