Reading Specialization

Erin Doolittle Rises to State Finalist

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Erin Doolittle head shot 2014Frederick County Teacher of the Year Erin Doolittle is one of seven finalists for the Maryland State Teacher of the Year award. Erin earned her bachelor’s degree in early childhood education and master’s degree in reading specialization, both from Hood College. A panel of judges from Maryland education organizations selected the seven finalists from among the state’s 24 district winners.  The 2014-2015 Maryland Teacher of the Year will be announced during a reception on October 10.

Reception for All New Students: August 20

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All students who are new to the Hood Graduate School for the Fall 2014 semester are invited to an orientation on Wednesday, August 20, 5:30-7:30 p.m. The informal welcome reception, to be held at Whitaker Campus Center, will provide an opportunity to meet faculty, staff and fellow students.

The agenda includes a campus tour, introduction to the bookstore and Apple computer lab, a welcome from Graduate School Dean Dr. Maria Green Cowles, and dinner with the program directors. Get the complete agenda and then RSVP here 

Alum is Frederick County Teacher of the Year

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Congratulations to Erin Doolittle, the Frederick County Public Schools Teacher of the Year!FCPS TOY pic cropped A dedicated prekindergarten teacher at Hillcrest Elementary, Erin earned her bachelor’s degree in early childhood education and master’s degree in reading specialization, both from Hood College. She serves as Frederick County Pre-Kindergarten Master Teacher for all content areas during summer new-teacher workshops and has received advanced professional certificates in Maryland with early childhood and reading specialization endorsements.  Learn more about Erin’s successful career and teaching philosophy on the FCPS website.

Delaplaine Foundation Supports Reading

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For the third consecutive year, the Delaplaine Foundation, Inc. has supported the Reading Specialization program with a $10,000 contribution. The funds will be used for scholarships and technology. Reading Specialization director Dr. Ellen Koitz calls the continuing philanthropy “a tremendous resource for students in need of financial aid and for the youth we reach through our camps and clinics.”

Delaplaine Foundation is a private family foundation based in Frederick, Maryland. It is dedicated to the enrichment of communities and families within Maryland, nearby states and the District of Columbia by supporting programs to strengthen the arts and sciences, historical preservation, educational advancement, spiritual enlightenment and physical well-being.

Reading Clinic and Camp Start in June

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Graduate students in the Reading Specialization program will serve as clinicians in two settings this summer:

  • the Hood College Reading Clinic for elementary school students ages 6-12
  • the Frederick Community College Reading Camp for middle school, high school and college-level students

Dr. Ellen Koitz, Reading Specialization program director, calls the programs “instructive for everyone involved. Our grad students get a hands-on opportunity to put their knowledge to work, and the students they teach benefit from the latest teaching strategies.”

The clinic is a six-week experience for elementary students. The camp consists of two three-week sessions, one beginning in late June and one beginning in mid-July.