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Zaner-Bloser to Sponsor Central State University's 2012 National Urban Education Conference


Columbus, OH – Zaner-Bloser, publisher of educational programs for children in Pre-Kindergarten through eighth grade, announces their sponsorship of Central State University’s 2012 National Urban Education Conference, which begins on January 18. Hosted by the Institute of Urban Education, the conference’s theme will be Multicultural Education: Becoming Culturally Relevant in the 21st Century.

"The [National Urban Education] conference is designed to challenge and motivate educators to do a better job of teaching and reaching young people in urban learning environments," said Dr. Kaye Manson Jeter, Executive Director of the Institute of Urban Education.

Zaner-Bloser will also be exhibiting Voices Literature & Writing, an engaging new K-6 curriculum that enhances literacy instruction and promotes a positive school climate.

“Voices Literature & Writing is anchored by a collection of appealing, relevant and culturally responsive literature used as teacher read-alouds. By enabling all students to access this common content, they can develop deeper comprehension, rich vocabulary, improved writing, increased selfesteem and confidence, and overall growth in academic achievement,” said Pat Bailey, National Product Manager for Zaner-Bloser.

The conference’s keynote speaker, Ed Dunkelblau, Ph.D., is Director of The Institute for Social- Emotional Learning in Northbrook, Illinois. Dunkelblau—a licensed clinical psychologist and nationally known speaker—advises schools on the implementation of social-emotional literacy programs and consults with Fortune 500 companies on applications of social-emotional intelligence in the workplace.

For conference registration and more information, visit Central State University’s Institute of Urban Education homepage (

About Zaner-Bloser

Zaner-Bloser, a wholly owned subsidiary of Highlights for Children with more than 120 years of experience in education, is one of the premier publishers of research-based reading, writing, spelling, vocabulary, and handwriting programs. The Zaner-Bloser mission is to create dynamic, appealing and effective educational programs and services. Zaner-Bloser focuses on distinctive programs that inspire all students to become engaged, literate participants in the global society.

About the Institute of Urban Education

The Institute of Urban Education was established on the campus of Central State University in Wilberforce, Ohio to service all aspects of Ohio’s urban education. The Institute is preparing for another National Urban Education Conference on January 18, 2012. The conference will have a number of sessions for teachers, administrators, community workers, university students, and professors of education.

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Cynthia Nuzzi, Zaner-Bloser Midwest Regional Sales Manager, 330-559-8766,

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