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Read-In Brings Elementary School Students to Campus

More than 100 third graders participated in the annual Literacy Alive! Read-In event on campus. Hosted by the Kappa Delta Pi International Honor Society in Education, and offered as an extension of the North Star Reading Partners Initiative, Literacy Alive! is meant to be a first step in preparing students to be college ready. Through a series of hands-on events, students from Newell Elementary got a firsthand look at college life and the importance of education.

The third graders took a walking tour of campus in the morning, and then talked with COED students about the college experience. In the afternoon, they built and raced "puffer cars," in the day’s STEM education activity and sat for interactive read alouds with students and faculty.

"All eyes were lit with a new purpose for education and a new heart for learning. The energy on their faces sparked a sense of determination and ownership in their choices," said Jen Boysko, Literacy Facilitator at Newell Elementary. Boysko said the opportunity to directly experience the college environment was invaluable for the young students.

New Graduate Certificate in Childhood Mental Health

The School of Social Work and Department of Special Education and Child Development are pleased to announce the approval of a joint certificate program in Early Childhood Mental Health (ECMH) focusing on children from birth to five years of age and their families.

Graduates of the program will be able to promote awareness about the importance of early childhood mental health; work with diverse families with young children; identify evidence‐informed services for young children and their families; recognize ecologically valid mental health assessments of young children; explain relationship of social, cognitive, and communication development in young children; support positive, relationship‐focused communication between young children and their adult caretakers; and facilitate positive social‐communication skills between young children, parents, and 
other caretakers in a variety of settings.

The certificate program is open to professionals with at least a bachelor’s degree who work or desire to work with young children and their families; click here for more details.