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News & Notes


Lastinger Center and The Early Child-
hood Initiative Foundation Kellogg
Foundation Award

You probably heard about the $10 million
award the Lastinger Center, in collabora-
tion with The Early Childhood Initiative
Foundation based in Miami, received
from the Kellogg Foundation for their
Ready Schools Miami proposal. We
wanted to learn more about the Lastinger
Center's plans and spoke to Alyson Ad-
ams, Program Coordinator for the center.
Here's what she had to say:

Ready Schools Miami is a systemic initiative
aimed at creating schools that are "Ready" and
responsive to the needs of children in early
childhood education. This requires multiple
levels of partnerships among school district,
early learning centers, families, community or-
ganizations, universities, and health care and
social sector organizations in order to assure
that children come to school ready and healthy,
and that schools are in turn ready for them. For
schools this will require, among other things,
the alignment of curriculum, assessment, and
instruction in order to provide seamless transi-
tions from early learning centers all the way up
to grade three and beyond. This comprehen-
sive initiative includes robust research evalua-
tion to examine the impact of this program on
student learning (using a variety of measures


including standardized test scores), indicators
of child-wellbeing, teacher retention, and
school culture and school improvement.

Ready Schools will be scaled to all elementary
schools over a four-year period. In the spring
of 2007, 15 schools will begin implementation
and 35 schools will begin preliminary work
prior to second wave implementation. About
50 schools will be added each subsequent year.

At the school level, program activities will in-
clude: (1) Introductory, Buy-in Meetings to
help stakeholders understand what it means to
be a "Ready" school; (2) Summer Institutes
where teachers and administrators will work
collaboratively to use data in creating action
plans for improving school culture and in-
structional strategies, with particular emphasis
on Developmentally Appropriate Practice; (3)
Professional Development Content and Prac-
tice Clinics to be held throughout the year; (4)
Facilitated Learning Community Meetings at
the schools, held on a regular basis; and (5) a
Job Embedded Master's Degree Program to
help train school faculty as leaders, teachers,
and researchers. This program will include a
blend of online lessons and facilitated onsite
activities aimed at linking learning to class-
room work. Don Pemberton, Alyson Adams,
and Dorene Ross are directing this effort, but
The Ready Schools Miami Program is a truly
collaborative venture.







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Other COE faculty and doctoral students who
are already involved include: Tina-Smith
Bonahue and Walter Leite from Educational
Psychology; David Quinn and Matt Ohlson
from Educational Administration and Policy;
Holly Lane and Hazel Jones from Special
Education; Nancy Dana, Phil Poekert, and
Vicki Vescio from the School of Teaching and
Learning; and Lynda Hayes from PK Yonge.
Additional faculty members from the Early
Childhood group are exploring ways to be-
come involved. If any of this sparks your in-
terest, talk to Alyson, Don, or Dorene about
ways to become involved; there's plenty of
work for everyone!

Hearty congratulations and best wishes to all!


proposal: Using an Out of School Rites of Pas-
sage Program to Alter Elementary African Ameri-
can Girls' Perception of their Math and Science
Capabilities, Candace Harper, Zhihui Fang,
Maria Coady, and Ester de Jong for their US
DOE proposal entitled: Project READ: Reading
and ESOL for Academic Development, Ester de
Jong, Maria Coady, and Candace Harper for
their US DOE proposal entitled: Developing
English Language & Literacy through Teacher
Achievement (Project DELTA), and Sondra
Smith and Harry Daniels for their US DOE
proposal entitled: Project Logros y Desafios:
Evaluando Resultados del Programa C-LEP
(Project Logros).

For more details about these submissions, see
the table on the next page.


March Awards& Submissions


Ana & Paul


Congratulations are in order to Elizabeth
Yeager for her Center for Civic Education
Award to support her proposal: Critical
Analysis of Constitutional Issues with Implica-
tions for Social Studies Methods Courses: A Sum-
mer Institute.

Best wishes go out to Maria Coady for her
United Way of North Central Florida pro-
posal: Literacy Development of Young Spanish-
dominant Children in North Central Florida:
Home School Connections, Mark Shermis, Tracy
Linderholm, David Therriault, and Troy
Sadler for their National Science Foundation
proposal: Using Automated Essay Scoring to
Improve Science Writing, Cirecie West-
Olatunji, Thomasenia Adams, and Rose
Pringle for their National Science Foundation













College of Education Funded Projects March 2007



Principal Investigator: E.A. Yeager
Funding Agency: Center for Civic Education
Proposal Title: Critical Analysis of Constitutional Issues with Implications for Social Studies Methods
Courses: A Summer Institute

Project Period: 03/15/07-09/30/07
Annual Award Amount: $72,040


College of Education Submitted Proposals March 2007


principal invesuigator: -.A. eager

Funding Agency: Center for Civic Education

Proposal Title: Critical Analysis of Constitutional Issues with Implications for Social Studies Methods
Courses: A Summer Institute
Requested Amount: $72,040


Principal Investigator: M. Coady

Funding Agency: United Way of North Central Florida

Proposal Title: Literacy Development of Young Spanish-dominant Children in North Central Florida: Home
School Connections
Requested Amount: $85,875


Principal Investigator: M.D. Shermis Co-PI: T.A. Linderholm, D. Therriault, and T. Sadler

Funding Agency: National Science Foundation

Proposal Title: Using Automated Essay Scoring to Improve Science Writing

Requested Amount: $ 286,220


Principal Investigator: C. West-Olatunji Co-PI: T.L. Adams and R. Pringle

Funding Agency: National Science Foundation

Proposal Title: Using an Out of School Rites of Passage Program to Alter Elementary African American
Girls' Perception of their Math and Science Capabilities
Requested Amount: $ 295,010








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College of Education Submitted Proposals March 2007


Principal Investigator: C. Harper Co-PI: Z. hang, M. Coady, and E. deJong

Funding Agency: U.S. Department of Education

Proposal Title: Project READ: Reading and ESOL for Academic Development.

Requested Amount: $1,444,034


Principal Investigator: E. de Jong Co-PI: M. Coady and C. Harper

Funding Agency: U.S. Department of Education

Proposal Title: Developing English Language & Literacy through Teacher Achievement (Project DELTA)

Requested Amount: $1,107,771


Principal Investigator: S. Smith Co-PI: M.H. Daniels

Funding Agency: U.S. Department of Education

Proposal Title: Project Logros y Desafios: Evaluando Resultados del Programa C-LEP (Project Logros)

Requested Amount: $ 893,803




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