Nov. 11 Kelley Symposium Addresses Opportunity Gap


Nov. 11 Kelley Symposium Addresses Opportunity Gap

03 Nov 2014    

A nationally recognized authority on early childhood literacy education, Elfreida "Freddy" Hiebert, will keynote the 2014 Helen Kelley Symposium for Excellence in Education, from 3-5 p.m., Tuesday, Nov. 11 at the University of Nebraska–Lincoln East Campus Union, Great Plains Room. Hiebert will speak about how early childhood educators can design early reading literacy programs to help overcome the influences of poverty in the acquisition of literacy skills. The event is sponsored by the Department of Child, Youth and Family Studies in the College of Education and Human Sciences (CEHS). It is funded through a generous gift from Richard and Helen Kelley through the University of Nebraska Foundation. The event is free and open to the public. Registration is requested , but is not required.

CEHS colleagues are studying the book "Closing the Opportunity Gap" by Prudence L. Carter and Kevin G. Welner and discussing how all departments in the college can address the widening gap that children of poverty face in accessing education in and out of school. Hiebert's presentation will be a nice supplement to this collegewide discussion and would be appropriate for anyone interested in youth and children.

"Dr. Hibert's talk will be engaging and stimulating, regardless of attendees' field or discipline, and it will help us continue our conversations about the complexity of the opportunity gap and how we are making a difference," said Richard Bischoff, chair of the Department of Child, Youth and Family Studies.  

Hiebert has had a long career as a literacy educator, first as a teacher’s aide and teacher of primary-level students in California and, subsequently, as a teacher educator and researcher at the universities of Kentucky, Colorado-Boulder, Michigan, and California-Berkeley. Her research, which addresses how fluency, vocabulary, and knowledge can be fostered through appropriate texts, has been published in numerous scholarly journals and books. Through documents such as Becoming a Nation of Readers (Center for the Study of Reading, 1985) and Every Child a Reader (Center for the Improvement of Early Reading Achievement, 1999), she has contributed to making research accessible to educators. Hiebert’s contributions to research and practice have been recognized through awards such as the American Educational Research Association’s Research to Practice award (2013).

College of Education and Human Sciences
Child, Youth and Family Studies