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Vol. 2, No. 2

Spring 2013

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Faculty Achievements - Grants

Education Professor Norman Herr (Secondary Education) and Associate Professors Brian Foley and Mike Rivas were awarded $100,000 for “Engaging Learners in the Scientific and Engineering Practices of the Next Generation Science Standards (NGSS) with Computer Supported Collaborative Science (CSCS)” by the Hewlett Packard (HP) Catalyst Program, 2013-2014. The HP-Catalyst-sponsored CSCS model of science instruction provides an opportunity for students to experience how scientific research is actually done by engaging them in the scientific and engineering practices advocated in Dimension 1 of the NGSS.

Education Associate Professor Rachel Friedman Narr, Professor Ellen Schneiderman (Special Education), and Professor Sharon Klein (English/Linguistics) were awarded $500.000 for “Enhancing Quality with Teachers of Deaf/Hard of Hearing Students” by the California Department of Education, 2011-2013. The purpose is to improve teacher quality on understanding and implementing the English-Language Arts Standards of the new Common Core. In addition, Dr. Narr was awarded $130,000 for “Parent Links” by the same agency, September 2012-September 2013, to provide parent-to-parent support for families with deaf/hard of hearing children, birth to age three.

Education Associate Professor Kathy Peckham-Hardin and Lecturer Amy Hanreddy were awarded $1,064,297 for “Project PREP: Preparing Resourceful and Effective Professionals” by the U.S. Department of Education, 2011-2014. The purpose is to prepare special educators to work in inclusive settings with students who have moderate to severe disabilities. It is a comprehensive teacher preparation program that provides instruction in a) curriculum and instruction, b) assessment, c) systematic instruction, d) positive behavior support, and e) alternative/augmentative communication, focusing on high-need schools and districts.

Education Associate Professor Kathleen Rowlands (Secondary Education) was awarded four grants for “The Cal State Northridge Writing Project,” 2012-2013. The first was for $20,000, funded by the National Writing Project Corporation. This SEED Leadership Development Grant is designed to support the Invitational Summer Institute and other core site events. In addition, Dr. Rowlands was awarded an additional $20,000 by the same agency as a SEED grant for professional development in a high-need school, provided to fund professional development in writing through the disciplines at Valley Academy of Arts and Sciences. Dr. Rowlands also received two additional grants of $22,000 and $34,535 from the Regents-University of California to support operations as a site of the California Writing Project.

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