Education Notes

THE BALTIMORE SUN

Carroll Springs School to hold picnic Thursday

Carroll Springs School will hold a back-to-school picnic from 6 p.m. to 7:30 p.m. Thursday at the Carroll County Farm Museum pavilion.

All students and their families are welcome.

The farm museum is at 500 S. Center St., across from the school.

Information: 410-751-3620.

Early childhood education focus of college open house

Carroll Community College will hold an early childhood education open house from 6 p.m. to 7 p.m. Thursday at the 1601 Washington Road campus.

Visitors can learn about the associate's degree in early childhood education (career program), meet new faculty members, and find out how to get credit for 90 clock hours and earn credit for Head Start CDA.

Refreshments and gifts will be offered.

Information: 410-386-8300.

Program aims to help college students succeed

Carroll Community College will hold a Making College Count Orientation, a free presentation for first-year college students, at 9 a.m. Aug. 28 in the Scott Center at the 1601 Washington Road campus.

The program emphasizes the importance of studying, managing time, setting goals, and maximizing opportunities in college and in the workplace.

Program co-founder Patrick S. O'Brien said that only 70 percent of college freshmen continue to their second year and that only 50 percent graduate within five years.

The free program complements the efforts of orientation staff, enrollment managers and strategic planning teams by providing students with a plan that can be used in college and after graduation to help ensure success.

Students participate through interactive exercises and a workbook.

More information and key content from the presentation can be found at www.makingit count.com.

Information: 410-385-8000.

Teacher reading courses held at community college

Carroll Community College offers reading courses approved by the Maryland State Department of Education for elementary and secondary teachers in a flexible format.

Courses in elementary education are sequential, allowing for one or both courses to be taken in the fall semester.

Courses available for elementary certification renewal this fall are EDUC 201-01: "Processes and Acquisition of Reading"; and EDUC 205-01: "Assessment for Reading Instruction."

EDUC 201-01 will be held from 4 p.m. to 6:30 p.m. Sept. 8 to Oct. 20, and will explore a variety of topics for teaching reading to young children.

EDUC 205-01 will be held from Oct. 27 to Dec. 8, and will focus on a variety of texts and other media, including arts and technology, that are used in teaching reading.

For those needing secondary certification renewal, the college is offering EDUC 202-01: "Teaching Reading in the Content Area, Part I." This is the first reading course required for certification renewal for secondary content areas, special education and high school teachers.

That course will examine different theories and strategies of reading and will apply techniques that can be used in the classroom. One or two classes may be held off campus at an area middle school. Classes will be held from 5 p.m. to 7:50 p.m. Sept. 3 to Oct. 15.

In EDUC 203: "Teaching Reading in the Content Areas, Part II," teachers will learn to implement a coherent literacy program and address students' differing learning styles, abilities and needs in reading. EDUC 203 is an online course to be held Sept. 3 to Dec. 12. An orientation will be held at 7 p.m. Aug. 25.

Information: 410-386-8325.

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