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NMSU doctoral candidate to present at Oxford Round Table

Myrtle Irene Banks-Welch, a doctoral candidate in the Department of Curriculum and Instruction in the College of Education at New Mexico State University, will give a presentation at the Oxford Round Table July 24 at Oxford University in Oxford, England.

ord Round Table is a prestigious gathering of scholars from the United States, the United Kingdom and other selected countries with the goal of discussing current issues in the area of education.

"This honorable invitation to address the Oxford Round Table about teaching reading is a milestone in my career," said Banks-Welch. "It provides me an opportunity to present my work to leaders from both the public and private sectors of several countries."

The theme for this session of the Oxford Round Table is "The Teaching of Reading and the Expansion of Literacy." Welch will present her paper, "Reading Pedagogy: The Foundation and Cornerstone for the Expansion of Literacy."

Banks-Welch is excited to be presenting, but said she also is well-prepared. She is thankful to Kyle Shanton, assistant professor of curriculum and instruction at NMSU, whom she referred to as, "my doctoral chairperson, mentor and motivator."

"I have persevered for thirty-six years in the field of education because of my love for teaching, my desire to be involved with learning, and a passion to contribute to curriculum and instruction policies in our schools," Banks-Welch said.

Austin Craig
July 5, 2006