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University of Iowa News Release

Oct. 27, 2003

College Of Education To Explore No Child Left Behind On UITV

As part of its ongoing "Education at Iowa" series of programs for University of Iowa TV, the UI College of Education will air a half-hour-long segment on the No Child Left Behind Act (NCLB) at 6:30 p.m. Wednesday, Oct. 29.

The program will focus on Iowa's plans for complying with NCLB and feature Steve Dunbar, a professor in the Iowa Testing Programs, and Linda Fielding, an associate professor in the Language, Literacy, and Culture Program and member of the Statewide Reading First Leadership Team, who will speak about her work with the state-level implementation of Reading First and its connection with the NCLB act. James Marshall, associate dean in the College of Education, will host the segment.

"The NCLB legislation represents the most substantial effort yet by the federal government to insert its priorities and policies into public schooling," Marshall said. "It is already having substantial effects on teachers, curricula and assessment, and it is clearly leading school districts in Iowa and around the country to re-examine their classroom practices."

Marshall will also host a follow-up show about NCLB that will feature Peter Hlebowitsh, a professor in the college's Department of Curriculum and Instruction, discussing the larger policy implications of NCLB, and Pam Ehly of the Iowa City Public Schools discussing the act's impact on schools, teachers and students. That program is still in production and will air sometime after Nov. 12.

The College of Education launched its "Education at Iowa" series last year to highlight the college's many programs and its interaction with local communities and the state, and to present practical information on a variety of subjects related to education.

Past programs have included "Talking About Books," which offered tips for introducing young readers to books, and a segment on the Connie Belin and Jacqueline N. Blank International Center for Gifted Education and Talent Development's Invent Iowa convention in Ames this past April. Programs are repeated occasionally on UITV.

Education at Iowa appears at 6:30 p.m. Wednesdays on the cable systems in the Iowa City and Cedar Rapids areas. In Iowa City, UITV airs the series on Channel 17. The Cedar Rapids Community Schools airs it on Channel 17 on the Mediacom system and Channel 13 on the McLeod system.

More information about the "Education at Iowa" TV series may be found at

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