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University of Iowa News Release

Feb. 28, 2006

Open Doors Program Focus Of March 6 International Mondays

Emily Dvorak, project director of Horace Mann Elementary School's 21st Century Grant, will discuss the Puertas Abiertas ("Open Doors," in Spanish) Program, at the next International Mondays lecture from noon to 1 p.m. Monday, March 6, in Meeting Room A of the Iowa City Public Library. Refreshments will be served.

"I hope to inform the community how the grant program works with Horace Mann Elementary teachers to create a rich learning environment where every child can achieve success," Dvorak said.

Puertas Abiertas, which is funded by the 21st Century Grant, is a daily after-school program that offers academic and enrichment activities for 60 students in kindergarten through sixth grade at Horace Mann Elementary. Horace Mann Elementary educates students from many backgrounds because of its unique and culturally diverse population.

Dvorak, who currently works in the Iowa City Community School District, spent two years working as a behavior interventionalist before becoming the current project director of Horace Mann's 21st Century Grant, a position she has now held for one and a half years. While completing her bachelor's degree in psychology with a Spanish minor at the University of Iowa, Dvorak spent a semester studying abroad in Santiago, Chile, through the UI Office for Study Abroad.

For more information on the lecture, the International Mondays series or special accommodations to attend the lecture, contact Amy Green at 319-335-1433 or

The International Mondays series is sponsored by UI International Programs, the Stanley-UI Foundation Support Organization and the Iowa City Public Library and presents discussions with individuals who have had international experiences. The lectures are usually held from noon to 1 p.m. every Monday throughout the academic year, with the exception of holidays and breaks.

UI International Programs consists of a number of offices, centers, degree programs, academic programs, research projects and services. Organized under the associate provost and dean of international programs, these units serve to further internationalize the campus and the community and promote global scholarship, research and teaching.

STORY SOURCE: University of Iowa News Services, 300 Plaza Center One, Suite 371, Iowa City, IA 52242-2500.

CONTACTS: Media: Lois Gray, 319-335-2026,; Program: Amy Green, 319-335-1433,; Writer: Katie Chelminski