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Registration for kids music classes opens

The UNT College of Music invites infant to preschool-aged children and their parents to experience the world of music with its Early Childhood Music Program.

Participants will learn to sing along, tap on drums, shake maracas and develop their musical abilities throughout the 10-week program.

Classes begin Saturday and end April 27. Prices range from $140 to $160, and a 10 percent discounted rate is available for each additional child enrolled.

The following classes will be offered:

•  Infants (birth to 24 months) — 8:30 to 9 a.m.

•  Nursery (25 to 48 months) — 9:10 to 9:50 a.m.

•  Infants (birth to 24 months) — 10 to 10:30 a.m.

•  Nursery (25 to 48 months) —10:40 to 11:20 a.m.

•  Preschool (3 1/2 to 5 years) — 11:30 a.m. to 12:10 p.m.

The focus of the Early Childhood Music Program is to provide children quality experiences that nurture their musical development and provide them the readiness needed for musical instruction later in life.

Using a sequential curriculum, children experience a variety of music activities that explore singing, listening and movement.

For more information, contact Heidi Scheibmeir at  or 940-391-4085.


Visiting writers to read at UNT this spring

The University of North Texas Visiting Writers Series, which is sponsored by the Creative Writing Program in the Department of English, will include nationally renowned writer Tiphanie Yanique.

Yanique is the author of How to Escape from a Leper Colony, published by Graywolf Press. Her writing has won the 2011 BOCAS Prize for Caribbean Fiction, Boston Review Prize in Fiction, a Rona Jaffe Foundation Writers Award, a Pushcart Prize, a Fulbright Scholarship and an Academy of American Poet’s Prize.

She is from the Virgin Islands and is a professor in the master of fine arts program at the New School in New York City.

Yanique will have a question-and-answer session at 4 p.m. Feb. 28 in Room 316 of UNT’s Language Building, located on the southwest corner of Avenue B and West Hickory Street (108 Avenue A).

It will be followed by a reading and book signing at 8 p.m. at UNT’s University Union, located one block west of Welch and West Prairie streets (1155 Union Circle).

The reading is free and open to the public.


Project NEXUS helps prepare educators

A UNT program is enhancing math and science teachers’ skills and knowledge to help them more effectively teach middle school and high school students who are English language learners, thanks to a $985,000 Title III National Professional Development grant from the U.S. Department of Education.

UNT was one of 101 universities across the country to receive the grant, which is funding 100 percent of the project.

Through Project NEXUS, UNT is partnering with the Region 10 Education Service Center and Denton and Lewisville school districts to offer professional development workshops to:

•  Mathematics and science teachers in the Denton and Lewisville school districts.

•  Faculty members in the Department of Teacher Education and Administration in the UNT College of Education.

•  UNT College of Education students who are studying to become math and science teachers.

Of the more than 800,000 English language learners in Texas public schools, about 200,000 of them attend school in North Texas.

The Project NEXUS professional development workshops began in September and will continue through 2017.

So far, 20 teachers from five schools in the Denton school district and 20 teachers from five schools in the Lewisville school district have taken part in the workshops.

Thirteen UNT faculty members — who teach future teachers — are taking the workshop now.

Also through Project NEXUS:

•  Principals receive professional development.

Administrators are given an overview about what the teachers learned and what to look for during classroom walk-throughs, and they learn how to foster a more positive school climate for English language learners.

•  UNT students studying to become teachers receive scholarships to enroll in an undergraduate course about teaching English as a second language.

So far, eight pre-service teachers received scholarships to enroll in the course.

•  UNT faculty and students are given an opportunity to attend national conferences related to bilingual education.

Faculty members are slated to attend a conference of the National Association for Bilingual Education in Florida and the Teachers of English to Speakers of Other Languages International Convention in Dallas.


Denton student makes dean’s list for fall

Syndi Sumners of Denton was named on the University of North Texas Dean’s List for the 2012 fall semester.

Students who complete 12 or more hours during an academic term with a grade-point average of 3.5 or better are given this honor.