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NMSU to host the 6th Annual Kidd Literacy Conference

One in five Americans do not have the skills to read beyond a fourth grade level, according to the New Mexico Coalition for Literacy. As the Don and Sarrah Kidd Chair in Literacy in New Mexico State University?s College of Education, Anita Hernandez is working to continue to give teachers the opportunity to promote literacy in Southern New Mexico through the Kidd Literacy Conference.

?It gives local educators an opportunity to come together and talk about the work that they are doing. Local NMSU faculty will be speaking as well as two national speakers. Interaction with local faculty, national speakers, researchers and future teachers will leave room for a lot of new ideas and creativity,? Hernandez said.

The conference will take place on Saturday, March 14, at the DACC East Mesa Campus from 7:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. For more information on the event, visit their website at http://ci.education.nmsu.edu/research-outreach/kidd/

The conference will host two keynote speakers, Maria Franquiz and Rosario Ordonez-Jasis. Franquiz is the dean of education at the University of Utah. Her research focuses on bilingual and migrant education as well as bi-literacy. Ordonez-Jasis is a professor in the Literacy and Reading Department at California State University, Fullerton. She specializes in socio-cultural-political contexts of literacy practices among Latino families.

The Kidd Family endowment brings national scholars to NMSU to collaborate with local teachers, graduate students, and future teachers. This year?s conference theme is ?Cultivating Literacies: Mapping Literacies and Mapping Lives.? The event will focus on teacher on teacher leadership models. It will provide resources for educators to enhance the teaching of literacy and show the importance of local teachers presenting their work to other teachers.

The conference is named for Don Kidd, a Carlsbad banker felt that reading opened many doors for him without a high school diploma. With money being tight in his family he felt that working was more important than an education. He went on to earn his GED and is now the CEO of his own bank. He believes that reading is the reason he has his success and he and his wife created the Don and Sarah Kidd Endowed Chair in Literacy in the College of Education.