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NMSU Borderlands Early Literacy Day to be held April 12

The first Borderlands Early Literacy Day (BELD) conference will be held April 12 in O'Donnell Hall on the New Mexico State University campus.

The theme of the conference is "Meaningful Encounters." Professors and graduate students will present 24 sessions on early literacy. Bilingual sessions will be included.

"The conference is going to be held because the idea of emergent literacy is so important, especially in our borderlands population, with the importance of culture and the family needing to be emphasized," said Candace Kaye, associate professor of curriculum and instruction.

Emergent literacy is defined as what children know about reading or writing before they can actually read or write. Skill such as vocabulary, narrative skills, letter knowledge and phonological sensitivity begin to develop at an early age and lay the foundation for success at an early age.

The keynote speakers will be Alma Flor Ada and Isabel Campoy, award-winning authors and illustrators of children's books. Ada also is the founder of the Journal of the National Association for Bilingual Education.

The conference is open to the community, but is limited to 200 participants. Teachers, students, caregivers and families are expected to attend.

The registration fee is $20. Child care services will not be provided.

For more information, contact Michelle Saenz, program coordinator for the Alliance for the Advancement of Teaching and Learning, at (575) 646-1348 or at micsaenz@nmsu.edu.