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33rd Annual Uberto Price Reading and Language Arts Symposium Held at Appalachian

BOONE–Appalachian State University will present the Price Reading and Language Arts Symposium on Friday, Sept. 13, and Saturday, Sept. 14, at the Broyhill Inn and Conference Center in Boone.

This year’s symposium will feature Dr. Isabel Beck, a senior scientist and professor of education at the Learning Research and Development Center at the University of Pittsburgh.

The symposium is offered free of charge.

Registration will begin at 1p.m. Sept. 13. Beck’s keynote address begins at 2 p.m.

For more information, contact Linda Kucan by e-mail (, phone (828-262-7172) or fax (828-262-6767).

Beck’s presentation will focus on Text Talk, an approach to comprehension and vocabulary development in the context of oral reading of children’s literature.

Recent books by Beck and her colleagues include “Questioning the Author: An Approach for Enhancing Student Engagement with Text” and “Bringing Words to Life: Robust Vocabulary Instruction.”

Beck is a member of the International Reading Association Reading Hall of Fame. She has received the William S. Gray Award from the International Reading Association (IRA) for her lifetime contributions to reading research and instruction and the Oscar Causey Award for reading research by the National Reading Conference.


This year a special tribute will be paid to Uberto Price, who passed away in March at age 83. The symposium is named for Price, who was a faculty member at Appalachian from 1955 until his retirement in 1982. He was a nationally recognized reading expert, and his extensive work in the region with teachers and children earned him the nickname “Mr. Reading in North Carolina.” His legacy extends to thousands of teachers and students.

Other symposium highlights include a special reception honoring Price at 5 p.m. Sept. 13, and a special tribute to Price presented by friends, colleagues and students who will share stories or memories in celebration of his life on Sept. 14 at 9:30 a.m.

Price’s influence on Appalachian and on education in North Carolina and across the United States was enormous.

Price’s vision was to create a reading program at a teacher’s college, and in doing so, prepare the very best teachers of reading.

His credo was “I can’t imagine a world without books or children who can’t read.

Teach them to read and give them books.”

During his first five years at Appalachian State Teachers College, Price developed a reading program designed to provide reading and study skills to every student.

He also led an initiative that changed how teachers were prepared in North Carolina.

As a result of his leadership, reading methods courses were required of all teacher preparation programs in the state.

He developed a reading clinic on campus to which children from the surrounding counties came for diagnosis and remedial instruction provided by graduate students.

Price also recruited faculty to join him in a “literacy caravan” that traveled to schools in the mountains and piedmont of North Carolina.

Their goal was to help every teacher and every school provide quality instruction.

“The only way to change the world for children is to go out and change the world in which they live,” Price said.