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Contact: David Jwanier, media relations associate, 610-740-3790

Top Reading Expert to Lecture at Cedar Crest College on Feb. 2

Allentown, Pa. (January 19, 2011)—Timothy Rasinski, Ph.D., one of the nation’s foremost experts on reading education, will deliver a special lecture on Wednesday, Feb. 2, from 6-7 p.m. in Samuels Theatre in the Tompkins College Center, on the Cedar Crest College campus. The event is free to the public, and will provide a great learning opportunity for educators as well as parents.

“The education department at Cedar Crest College is excited to bring a prominent reading educator to campus in conjunction with our reading specialist program,” said Jill Purdy, M.Ed., director of education graduate programs. “Tim Rasinski is a leader in the field of reading research and we hope he will inspire teachers to take literacy education to the next level for their students.”

Rasinski is a professor of literacy education at Kent State University. He has written over 200 articles and many books, and he is author of the best-selling book on reading fluency titled, The Fluent Reader, published by Scholastic and now in its second edition. His scholarly interests include reading fluency and word study, reading in the elementary and middle grades, and readers who struggle.

Rasinski recently served a three-year term on the board of directors of the International Reading Association, and from 1992 to 1999 he was co-editor of The Reading Teacher, the world’s most widely read journal of literacy education. In 2010, he was elected to the International Reading Hall of Fame.

Prior to his current position at Kent State, Rasinski taught literacy education at the University of Georgia and before that, he taught for several years as an elementary and middle school classroom and Title I teacher in Nebraska.

For information on this program at Cedar Crest College call 610-606-4666, ext. 3419.

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Last Updated: 1/19/11