Washington and Patton-Terry Receive $2.6 Million Grant To Create Innovation Hub on Learning Disabilities, Literacy and African American Students

College of Education Professors Julie Washington and Nicole Patton-Terry have received a four-year, $2.6 million grant from the National Institute of Child Health and Human Development to develop one of four national Learning Disabilities Innovation Hubs – epicenters of research on learning disabilities.

Washington and Patton-Terry will focus on African American students in first through fifth grades, and conduct research in metro-Atlanta area school systems to differentiate between those children who have learning disabilities and those for whom language variation and socioeconomic status play a large role in learning to read and write. Continue reading

Greenberg Awarded $10 Million Grant to Research and Advance Adult Literacy

The U.S. Department of Education has awarded the College of Education a five-year, $10 million grant to establish a new national research center that will support research focusing on ways to improve adult literacy in the United States.

The grant from the Institute of Educational Sciences allows Georgia State to establish the Center for the Study of Adult Literacy, where researchers will study the underlying cognitive and motivational issues of adults who struggle with reading.

The primary focus of the center is on adults reading at the third to eighth grade levels, examining impediments to reading and developing and evaluating a reading intervention to improve literacy. Continue reading

College of Education Faculty Receive $2.1 Million Grant to Support STEM Teachers in Urban Schools

Three faculty members in the College of Education’s Department of Early Childhood Education have received a $2.1 million grant to train and support teachers dedicated to teaching science, technology, engineering and math (STEM) subjects in high-need urban schools.

Associate Professor Diane Truscott and Assistant Professors Nancy Schafer and Brian Williams received the funding from the U.S. Department of Education’s Transition to Teaching program for their “Teaching Teachers Together: Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics Success” program, which will recruit teachers into the college’s Urban Accelerated Certification and Master’s Program. Continue reading

College of Education Faculty Awarded $1.9 Million Grant To Support English for Speakers of Other Languages Teachers in Urban Schools

Three College of Education faculty members are working to offer on-site training and mentorship to support students in the college’s Urban Accelerated Certification and Master’s Program and other teachers in their first years of their careers, thanks to a five-year, $1.9 million grant from the U.S. Department of Education.

Early Childhood Education faculty members Diane Truscott, Nancy Schafer and Laura May received the grant for the Quality Instruction for English Learners project, which prepares teachers to serve English language learners through site-based development, professional learning opportunities and mentoring. Continue reading

After-School All-Stars Receives $3.8 Million in Grant Funding, In-Kind Services to Continue Programs in Local Schools

The College of Education’s After-School All-Stars Atlanta program received a one-year, $950,000 grant from the Georgia Department of Human Services to continue its programs in local schools.

After-School All-Stars Atlanta, which provides comprehensive after-school programs for at-risk students, also received $2.85 million in in-kind services from the Atlanta Public School System, bringing the total grant award to $3.8 million. Continue reading

NET-Q Project Receives $2 Million in Funding to Continue its Programs

The College of Education’s Network for Enhancing Teacher Quality (NET-Q) project has received $2 million in funding from the U.S. Department of Education to continue its programs in the 2012-2013 school year.

The NET-Q project is a collection of programs, partnerships, initiatives and incentives designed to prepare teachers for the demands of teaching in critical fields in high-need schools. The College of Education has partnered with six metro-Atlanta school districts, 23 rural districts in south and west Georgia, four Georgia colleges, Georgia Public Broadcasting and the National Commission on Teaching and America’s Future in its efforts to train, support and retain quality teachers. Continue reading