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childhood educationThis is a reminder that registration will be closing on April 30, 2014 for the Oxford Round Table’s 22nd Annual International Conference on Childhood Education and Issues during the dates of July 27 – July 31, 2014 at Brasenose College in the University of Oxford, Oxford, England. Brasenose College is one of the thirty-eight colleges that form the University of Oxford and was founded in 1509. We are pleased to invite you to become a member of this Round Table. Membership is limited to approximately thirty-five (35) interdisciplinary scholars who have a particular interest in this subject.

Twenty-two years ago, a highly successful Round Table was specifically designed to explore childhood education.  From this session several papers were selected that later formed the highly regarded book, The Education of Young Children: Research and Public Policy, Linton Atlantic Books. You are invited and encouraged to make a presentation and to provide a paper on a relevant aspect of the topic, however your participation as a member of the Round Table is not contingent upon presenting and you can serve on a panel or as a discussion leader. Papers presented at the Round Table may be subsequently submitted for publication in the Forum, a journal of the Oxford Round Table. Papers considered for publication in the Forum are evaluated by peer reviewers as to technical and substantive quality and for potential to make a significant contribution to new knowledge in the field.

Should you accept this invitation you will be joined on the programme by Hugh Benjamin (MEd in Drama and Education, Newcastle University, D.Phil, York University) is former Deputy Director of Stantonbury School Campus in Milton Keynes.  Most recently he has been involved in the national initiatives concerning the introduction of Vocational Diplomas and the Specialist Schools movement. He has been involved in educational consultancy work in Poland, Czech. Republic, Belgium and India. Dr. Benjamin returns to the Oxford Round Table for his fourteenth year.

Members of the Oxford Round Table have access to an array of academic, cultural and social resources, including the Oxford Union Debating Society, colleges and halls of Oxford dating back to 1204, museums, theatres, bookstores, college chapels, river boating, literary pubs, political clubs and may, on recommendation, become official readers of the venerable Bodleian Library of the University, founded by Duke Humphrey circa 1440 and refounded by Sir Thomas Bodley 1602. A free afternoon and evening will be available on Tuesday for independent travel to London, Stratford-upon-Avon, Bath, Stonehenge, Salisbury, Cambridge or many of the other cultural sights in England.

Topics of discussion will include:

Children’s Literature

·        The Culture of Literacy

·        Religion in Children’s Literature

·        Magical Worlds

·        Slam Poetry

·        African-American Children’s Literature

·        Children’s Literature Innovations

·        Fantasy and Dreams

Reading 1st

·        Using Assessment Date to Improve Comprehension

·        Energizing Instructional Methods with Reading and Writing Resources

·        Exploring Content Area Reading Strategies

·        Developing Reading Proficiency in K-3 Children

·        Utilizing Proven Strategies for English Language Learners

·        Screening and Diagnosis in Fluency Based on Assessments

Children’s Speech

·        Comprehension Instruction in the New Literary Age

·        Oral Language

·        The Teaching of a Second Language to Deaf Children

·        Improving Amplification Outcomes

·        Wordless Books

Religion and the Public School

·        Assessing the Religious Influence on the Decline of Public Schools

·        Re-examining the Concept and Role of Public Schools in Society

·        The Extent and Methods of Government Funding of Parochial Schools

·        Emerging Concepts of the Free Exercise of Religion

·        Re-examining the Rationale for Separation of Church and State

Early Childhood Education

·        Early STEM Learning

·        Reading First

·        The Creative Child

·        Children’s Speech

·        At Risk Children

·        Preventive Health for Children

·        Planning the PreK-3 Programs

·        Technology and the Young Child

At Risk Children

·        Demographics of Federal and State Child Poverty

·        Government Financial Initiatives of Education Programs

·        Curricular Innovations

·        Addressing Educational Needs

·        Dynamics of Income Disparity among Households

·        Human Rights of the Child

·        Parental Prerogative and Abuse

·        Child Care and the Law

·        Education and Family Values

Early Childhood Literacy

·        Modern Literacy Strategies

·        Understanding the Pedagogy of Reading and Writing

·        Children’s Language Production

·        Reading Interventions and Outcomes

·        Effective Methods: Evidence from Research

·        Preparing for an Early Literacy Foundation

·        Connection Instruction and Assessment

·        Implementing National and State Standards for Early Literacy

·        National and State Strategies for Early Learning

·        Literacy Development from Birth

·        Literacy Skills: Speaking, Writing, Listening

The conference will run from Sunday night through Thursday morning.  We will have reception and dinners in the Olde Dining Hall on Sunday, Monday and Wednesday nights where the Oxford professors and students dine when university is in session.  Lunches are provided on Monday, Tuesday and Wednesday along with tea/coffee/biscuit breaks during the meeting.  You can also reserve a room in the Oxford University dormitory at Brasnose College where students stay during term time.  More detailed information concerning the schedule of events and the registration fee can be found on our web site.

In order to ensure that you are registered in a timely and accurate manner, we recommend that you register on our website at Should you be unable to attend, we would welcome your nomination of a colleague to attend in your place.

We look forward to hearing from you.

Alternatively, we are also hosting a few other sessions in 2014 that may be of interest to you instead:

Health, Nursing, Aging and Nutrition, August 3 –August 7, 2014

Environment Sustainability and Climate Control, August 3 –August 7, 2014

Critical Public Issues, August 3 – August 7, 2014

Please direct all inquiries to:





Oxford Round Table


6216 East Pacific Coast Highway, Box 230


Long Beach, California 90803


Fax:        866-244-8833




Web Site:



Conference registration pricing is as follows:
Regular Registration

(from Saturday, September 13, 2013- Friday, October 4, 2013, a week prior to the conference):
-$50- SNMA Members, Faculty, & Administration
-$25-MAPS Members / undergraduate premedical students
-Free- High School Students

On-site Registration

(everyone who wants to register after October 4, 2013 will have to register on site):
-$60- SNMA Members, Faculty, & Administration
-$30-MAPS Members / undergraduate premedical students

-Free-High School Students


Note to registration: When you fill out registration and if you are not a MAPS member, please state you are a premedical student



Guess what — it is time for AMSA’s Annual Suture Clinic! Whether you are a first timer or a pro, suture practice will never hurt, especially for Med School!

Together with MAPS, we will be hosting this event on Saturday, May 18th from 2:00-5:00 p.m. This event will be free for all AMSA and MAPS members, and $5 for the general public. We will be meeting in the Health Sciences Building T-Wing, room 739. Our instructor will be none other than Dr. LeRoy Horton, DDS – owner of Affordable Dental Care and a UW School of Dentistry graduate.

Space is limited, however, so this will be a first come-first serve deal (priority to AMSA/MAPS members). We hope see all of you there! And don’t be afraid to invite your friends! Please visit our Facebook (UW AMSA Pre-Med) or our website ( for more information.


Wednesday, May 29th from 6:00 PM – 7:00 PM in Seattle in the Union Bay Plaza Building located near University Village at 4530 Union Bay Place NE, Suite 209. Click on the link to see a map of the location.  We are on the top floor in the north east corner of the building.

Sandweiss Test Prep will be holding a free law school admissions informational seminar on Wednesday, May 29th at 6:00 PM in Seattle covering all you need to know about the LSAT, the Law School admissions process and how our company can help you prepare for both.

For those considering applying to law school, this event is an excellent chance to talk with Steve Sandweiss - a highly experienced LSAT teacher and admissions expert – about how to effectively navigate the Law School admissions process, preparing an effective application, test preparation time lines, the LSAT exam, and most importantly, how he can help you achieve your goals effectively and economically!

***These events are free and there is no obligation to sign up for any of our services.

To Register:

Please register for this event on our website or by emailing or calling us. It’s free to register and we will not use your details for marketing purposes or pass them on to a third party.

Phone: (206)-417-5050


Our Company

Sandweiss Test Prep is a local, independent company that has been helping students increase their admissionsexam scores since 1998.  We pride ourselves in offering a personal level of service and small class sizes to optimize the development of each student. Additionally, our courses are typically hundreds of dollars less than those of our competitors.

If you would like to know more about us, you can email us at, call us at (206) 417 5050, or have a look at our website.

Sandweiss Test Prep

Website:       Tel. 206-417-5050       Email:

Main Office:  4530 Union Bay Place NE, Suite 209,  Seattle, WA 98105

Bellevue Classroom:  12360 NE 8th Street, Suite 100, Bellevue, WA 98005

Tuesday, April 23, 7:30 to 8:30 p.m., EST:
LSAT 101:  an Introduction to the Law School Admission Test

Wednesday, April 24, 4:00 to 5:00 p.m., EST:
Road Map for Law School:  Expert Advice for Those Considering Law School

These webinars are offered at no cost and will feature comments from highly experienced prelaw advisors and other content-area experts.

LSAT 101:  an Introduction to the Law School Admission Test
Tuesday, April 23, 7:30 to 8:30 p.m., EST
Register now »

This webinar will provide a highly informative overview of the Law School Admissions Test (LSAT), including:

·         Skills that the LSAT will assess

·         Examples of LSAT question types and strategies for maximizing your score

·         Recommendations for creating an effective LSAT preparation plan

·         Information on how and why law school admission committees rely on the LSAT

The 45-minute presentation will be followed by a 15-minute question-and-answer segment, during which participants may ask questions of the presenters.

The keynote presenter for this webinar, John Rood, is president and founder of NextStep Test Preparation. Rood and NextStep instructors have taught LSAT preparation methods and strategies to thousands of individuals across the United States.

Road Map to Law School: Expert Advice for Those Considering Law School    Wednesday, April 24, 4:00 to 5:00 p.m., EST
Register now »

This webinar will address a wide range of topics for Individuals who are exploring and considering law school, including:

Advice for researching law as a career

·         Courses and skills that can provide a strong foundation for success in law school

·         An overview of legal careers and salary information

·         Factors relied on when law schools review an application for admission

·         A timeline for preparing for and applying to law school

Please select link below for flyer and registration.


The University Programs team is excited to share that the 2013 application has launched for the BOLD Immersion Program for Freshmen. You can find the application at We’re hoping that you can share this information with Freshmen whom you think would be good for this program.

Selected freshmen will participate in an all-expense-paid program at Google’s Mountain View headquarters from July 23-27, 2013. The Building Opportunities for Leadership & Development (BOLD) Diversity Immersion Program for Freshmen is designed to provide exposure into the technology industry for students who are historically under-represented in this field. Participants will get a rare glimpse into the technology industry; non-technical career opportunities at Google; and valuable professional and peer networks. The robust program will also include tech talks, skills-building seminars and, of course, fun!

Interested freshmen students should apply now through our Scholarships & Programs site. All applicants will need to submit a general application, resume, short essay and letter of reference. The deadline to apply is Monday, April 8, 2013 at midnight PST.

Thanks for your support,

The Google University Programs Team


BOLD Immersion site full URL:
BOLD Immersion application full URL:
BOLD Immersion site short link:


Calling All Students!

Mark your calendars for SPRING TRAINING! The  Husky Spring Training Leadership Conference will be on  Saturday, April 13, 2013.

All students with various levels of leadership skills and abilities are encouraged to attend this 5-hour in Alder Commons. We encourage you to save this date in your calendars and plan to attend! Register here



Interested in going to law school but can’t afford to pay $1200+ for LSAT prep classes?  We’ve got you covered. There will be another low-cost, high quality, LSAT prep course at UW. This course is brought to you by Campus Prep – the national provider of affordable LSAT prep. You can apply for the course (and see testimonials, etc.) at

The course will start in April and prepare you for the June test date. The entire 30 hour course, with 3 practice exams, costs $150-$195, if you qualify for need-based aid, or $275, if you just want to save $1000 on your prep (there is also an option to add an additional 21 hours of prep for only $55).

The instructor for the course has tutored for several years and taught the LSAT with one of the major prep companies.  He scored in the top 3 percentile on the exam.  He received his Masters in philosophy at UW and teaches at Seattle University.

You can try the course for free by having until before the second class session to receive a full refund for any reason. Apply at

Schedule: (You will be asked to select one of the following two sections)


Section1: Mondays – 4/1, 4/8, 4/15, 4/22, 4/29, 5/6, 5/13

Section 2: Wednesdays – 4/3, 4/10, 4/17, 4/24, 5/1, 5/8, 5/15

Proctored (practice) exams:  Sat. 3/30 12-3pm, Sat. 4/27 12-3pm, Sat. 5/18 12-3pm

Does this schedule not work? There will also be a 21 hour live web course starting in April. The entire course costs just $175 and is taught by a Master Instructor. See the schedule and other information at!__web-lsat


Apply ASAP, as there will be more applications than there are spaces available. Email questions to


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