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URI Finkelstein Lecture to present Claude Goldenberg, March 23

Media Contact: Jhodi Redlich, 401-874-4500

KINGSTON, R.I.—February 27, 2005—This year’s University of Rhode Island Robert and Augusta Finkelstein Memorial Lecture will be delivered by author, psychologist, and educator Claude Goldenberg. He will discuss the latest research regarding improving educational opportunities for the growing English as a second language student population. More than 5 million kindergarten to grade 12 students come to school without full mastery of English, an increase of 150 percent over the last 15 years.

His lecture, “What Do We Know About Helping English Learners Succeed in School?” will take place on Thursday, March 23, 2006 at 7 p.m. Free and open to the public, the presentation will be held in the Barry Marks Auditorium, Room 271, of the Chafee Social Science Center on URI’s Kingston campus.

A native of Argentina, Goldenberg is the executive director of the Center for Language Minority Education and Research and serves as the associate dean of the College of Education at California State University, Long Beach. He is also a research psychologist at the University of California, Los Angeles. Goldenberg began his career as a junior high school teacher in San Antonio, Texas, and also worked as a first grade teacher at a bilingual elementary school in the L.A. area.

Goldenberg is a past recipient of a National Academy of Education Spencer fellowship, and the Albert J. Harris Award from the International Reading Association. His works have been published in The American Educational Research Journal, The Reading Teacher, and The American Journal of Education. His most recent book, Successful School Change: Creating Settings to Improve Teaching and Learning, was published in 2004.

In 1973, the University established the Robert Finkelstein Memorial Lecture Series in honor of the late Robert Finkelstein, a noted Rhode Island industrialist and staunch believer in state and federal support of elementary and secondary education. The lecture series, founded by the generosity of Augusta Finkelstein in memory of her husband, was renamed in her honor following her death in 1997.

Co-sponsors of this year’s lecture are the URI College of Human Science and Services, the URI School of Education, and the URI Faculty in Teacher Education. For more information please contact the URI School of Education at 401-874-2564.