The University of Mobile Reading Council was cited as “one of the most successful reading programs in the state of Alabama” by Dr. Betty Fowler, state coordinator of the ALA-STAR Award program of the Alabama Reading Association.
Fowler presented the ALA-STAR award to the University of Mobile Reading Council during a combined meeting in December of the university’s Kappa Delta Pi education honor society and SLATE, the Student Leaders Association for Teacher Education. The UMobile Reading Council was among 10 reading councils in the state that received the award, and one of seven to be named to the Alabama Reading Association Honor Council.
This is the fourth consecutive year the University of Mobile Reading Council has received the ALA-STAR award, which is given in recognition of the council’s efforts to promote literacy.
Phil Rodney Wilson, Alabama Teacher of the Year 2010, was keynote speaker at the event. Wilson, a music teacher at Ogletree Elementary School in the Auburn City School System, challenged UMobile School of Education students to be creative in their classrooms.
“Creativity takes courage,” he said. He urged them to incorporate the arts into teaching, with ideas ranging from singing the roll each morning to writing plays about minerals and rocks for puppets to perform.
“Arts programs are sometimes what sustains and keeps a child in school,” he said.
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Sarah Watkins, president of the UMobile chapter of Kappa Delta Pi education honor
society, accepts the ALA-STAR award from Dr. Betty Fowler, state coordinator
of the award program for the Alabama Reading Association.
Alabama Teacher of the Year 2010 Phil Rodney Wilson poses for a photo with
UMobile student Maggie Doggett, president of SLATE. Doggett presented Wilson
a gift on behalf of the UMobile Reading Council following his keynote address.
University of Mobile Reading Council sponsor Dr. Cynthia Biegler, chair of the
Department of Early Childhood Education, welcomes Wilson to the meeting of
the UMobile Reading Council.