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State reading council and teachers of English will meet

The South Dakota Reading Council (SDRC) and the South Dakota Council of Teachers of English (SDCTE) will hold a joint convention in Spearfish this weekend, March 30 through April 1 at the Holiday Inn of the Northern Black Hills.

The theme of the conference is "Building Literate Communities." Attendees and presenters will include teachers, authors, librarians, administrators, students, and parents for students from elementary through college age.

Over 40 concurrent sessions will cover topics from Internet literacy to reading for elementary children. Keynote speakers are: Dr. Patricia A. Edwards, professor of language and literacy at the National Center for the

Improvement of Early Reading Achievement at Michigan State University; Sid Cratzbarg, teacher and consultant; Ken Thomasma, author of Amazing Indian Children; Dr. R. D. Theisz, BHSU professor of English and author at BHSU; Virginia Driving Hawk Sneve, noted South Dakota native American author; Aaron Shepard, award-winning author and Readers Theater resource; Mary Kay Shanley, reading specialist; Thea Morris, classroom teacher and author.

Numerous authors and publishers will exhibit their books during the two-day conference.

Information about the convention is available by contacting Dr. Roger Ochse, associate professor of English at BHSU, at (605) 642-6386 during office hours or by e-mail at .