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UNI to host Elementary Literacy Conference

April 11, 2011

Clare Struck, instructor, Price Laboratory School, 319-273-6189,

Stacey Christensen, Office of University Relations, 319-273-6728,

CEDAR FALLS, Iowa -- Malcolm Price Laboratory School is set to host the 43rd annual Elementary Literacy Conference. The conference will be held Friday, April 15, from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m., at the Schindler Education Center on the University of Northern Iowa campus.

Marc Brown, author and illustrator of the Arthur and Aardvark book series, will give the conference's keynote address. Brown is also executive producer of the PBS television show "Arthur," as well as the new series "Postcards from Buster." "Arthur" has won six Emmy Awards and remains the most watched children's show on PBS. Brown and his wife are the creators of the critically acclaimed nonfiction Dino Life Guides for Families series, which includes “When Dinosaurs Die,” “Dinosaurs Divorce,” "How to Be a Friend: A Guide to Making Friends and keeping Them” and "What’s the Big Secret: Talking About Sex with Girls and Boys.”

Brown will autograph his books, which will be available for purchase during the conference. There is a limit of two autographed books per person.

Brown will also visit with students at MPLS from 8:45 a.m. to 10:45 a.m., Thursday, April 14.

The cost of the conference is $90. For more information and to register, visit or contact Clare Struck at 319-273-6189.

New this year are two pre-conference sessions --  Information for Reading Recovery Institute and Institute for Administrators on Thursday, April 14.  These sessions will provide information about the Reading Recovery program and the new Richard O. Jacobson Center for Comprehensive Literacy. For more information and to register, visit