English educators to meet at UC

yamaro@mercedsunstar.comNovember 3, 2012 

A group of educators from around Merced County will meet at the University of California at Merced today to discuss areas of change in education.

The Un-Conference for Merced County will bring together county English educators from all levels -- K-12, community college and university. The event is sponsored by the Merced English Intersegmental Faculty Council, which is associated with the Institute for Evidence-Based Change.

The goal of the convening is to bring together a larger number of Merced County English instructors, said Rae Owens, a retired teacher and administrator from the Merced Union High School District.

They will discuss writing, critical reading and analytical writing, she said.

"Ultimately, we hope to make some change on what's happening in the classroom," she said. "To better align the curriculum from one institution to the next so when students reach high school there's not a gap on what they know and what they should know to enter college."

The event runs from 9:30 a.m. through noon at the UC Merced Lantern Cafe. The conference is free and open to anyone.

Organizers plan to break the participants into small groups to discuss enrichment programs, college placement exams, what's happening in the high schools, the use of technology in the classroom and writing portfolios.

"We are hoping to let them move two or three times so they can participate in a couple of group conversations," she said.

The Merced English Intersegmental Faculty Council meets once a month in Merced. The travel time involved means some educators from Los Banos are not able to attend.

"This (conference) gives them the opportunity to have that experience," Owens said.

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