to speak at
Florida Elementary Education Conference
LAKELAND, Fla. (Sept. 17, 2003) - Dr.
Timothy R. Toops, assistant professor of education at Florida Southern
College, will give a presentation at the Florida Elementary Education
State Conference, held in Orlando Sept. 24-26 at the Peabody Orlando
Hotel. The conference is sponsored by the Florida Council on Elementary
Education. Toops is scheduled to speak at 3 p.m. on Sept. 24 in
the Columbia room.
Toops' presentation, "And the Dish Ran Away With the Spoon: Using
Picture Books to Stimulate Writing in the Classroom," focuses on
using picture books to reinforce writing skills. He will share research
that emphasizes the importance of the reading/writing connection
as students improve these skills.
Toops joined FSC's faculty in 2000 after a 30-year career as an
educator in Ohio. He graduated from Indiana Wesleyan University
and went on to earn his master's degree as a reading specialist
from Wright State University, Dayton, Ohio. He received his doctorate
in education with emphasis in curriculum and instruction from Miami
University, Oxford, Ohio.
About Florida Southern College
Florida Southern is a four-year, private, co-educational liberal
arts college affiliated with the United Methodist Church. The college
offers more than 40 undergraduate majors and a master of business
administration degree accredited by the Commission on Colleges of
the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools. Located in Lakeland,
Fla., the college is home to the largest, single-site collection
of Frank Lloyd Wright architecture in the world.