Students present on how to prepare reading professionals

February 17, 2015
Peggy Marciniec, Lindsay Hollingsworth, Jessica Whalen, and Sarah Thiel

PLATTEVILLE, Wis. — Two students and two instructors from the University of Wisconsin-Platteville recently gave a presentation, “Building the FoRT: Preparing Reading Professionals at UW-Platteville,” at the 2015 Wisconsin State Reading Association Convention at the Wisconsin Center in Milwaukee, Wis.

During their presentation, the UW-Platteville students and faculty members provided audience members – teacher educators and current teachers who were interested in adding on to their teaching licenses – with an overview of the Foundations of Reading Test, which assesses proficiency in the subjects of reading and writing development. In addition, they explored the test questions through – a game-based classroom response system – and shared how they are preparing UW-Platteville students for the test.

Student presenters were Jessica Whalen, a senior elementary education major with minors in early childhood and math from Baraboo, Wis., and Sarah Thiel, a senior elementary education major with minors in early childhood and inclusion from St. Francis, Wis. Faculty presenters were Peggy Marciniec, associate professor of education, and Lindsay Hollingsworth, assistant professor of education.

“We are proud of the work that we are doing in the School of Education to prepare students to be strong teachers of reading and to pass the licensure test,” said Hollingsworth. “It was a privilege to share our model at the WSRA Convention. The two students who joined us gained experience presenting at a state conference.”

“The Wisconsin State Reading Association delivers a world class convention that brings research and speakers to our state annually,” said Marciniec. “It is a wonderful learning opportunity for faculty, and I am pleased that UW-Platteville could also support attendance for our students to both present and to attend sessions.”

According to its website, the Wisconsin State Reading Association provides leadership, advocacy and professional learning for the implementation of effective research based literacy practices and works to promote excellence in reading. Its more than 3,000 members are reading teachers and specialists, classroom teachers, college professors and others working to contribute to the education and literacy of all children.

As UW-Platteville pursues its vision of being recognized as the leading student-focused university for its success in achieving excellence, creating opportunities and empowering each individual, it is guided by four strategic planning priorities. This student and faculty member presentation aligns with three of the priorities, including providing an outstanding education, fostering a community of achievement and respect and enriching the tri-state region. 

Written by: Laurie Hamer, College of Liberal Arts and Education, 608-342-6191,


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