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LIU Riverhead Students to Present at National Education Conference


Morgan Lyle,Assistant Director of Public Relations
LIU Riverhead

LIU_Riverhead_Jennine_OsheaRiverhead, N.Y. – Three LIU Riverhead graduate students will present research on the use of “authentic text” in reading education at a national conference in July. Literacy education majors Jennine O’Shea of Hampton Bays, N.Y., Janella Walker of Mastic, N.Y. and Keri Ziemacki of Southold, N.Y. will present their findings at the Whole Language Umbrella: Literacies for All Summer Institute July 18-20 at Hofstra University. LIU Riverhead education professors Erica Pecorale and David Schultz will also take part in the panel presentation.

The students will show how using actual children’s books, instead of passages written specifically for reading lessons, can give a richer understanding of reading and writing. Two of the authors whose books the students have used in their work with eastern Long Island school children, Chris Soentpiet and Lester Laminack, will be keynote speakers at the conference.

“Presenting at a national conference like the Literacies for All Summer Institute will be a great learning experience for our students, and the research they present will be of real value to the conference,” said Dr. Pecorale. “This is an example of the quality of education at LIU Riverhead.”

Established in 2006, LIU Riverhead is the only private University serving Long Island's east end, offering the personal and friendly atmosphere of a small college with the educational resources of one of the nation's largest independent universities. To learn more about LIU Riverhead, visit

Posted 04/18/2013

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