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Office of Educational Research
College of Education
June 2006

Office of Educational Research Bulletin (ORB)

News and Notes

A week or so ago, 24 COE faculty
representing all five departments and
the dean's area completed a seminar,
"Write Winning Grants," conducted by
Dr. Stephen Russell and sponsored by
IFAS. You can learn more about Steve
and his operation, Grant Writers'
Seminars and Workshops, LLC, at The
departments and OER sponsored our
participation, and, from where we sit, it
was money very well spent. The training
focused on writing NIH, NSF, and USDA
proposals and was excellent. Although
nothing much was said about IES, or the
Department of Education, or training
grants, or qualitative research, we all
came away edified and motivated.
Russell was articulate, knowledgeable,
and well organized. He proffered helpful
answers to questions, kept things
moving, and otherwise sustained our
attention over 8 hours of what in others'
hands might have been tedium. Most
significantly, for COE colleagues,
participation seemed to generate energy
and enthusiasm, lots of exciting ideas,
and keen interest in working together to
make things happen in our college.

The training was fruitful for experienced
and novice proposal writers alike. We
learned what makes an idea fundable,
what makes a proposal readable, and
how to make proposal writing do-able.
(Delegate, defer, and dump! was Steve's
advice.) We learned how to sequence the
writing of proposal sections, the
importance of understanding the review

process, and what it takes to convince a
reviewer to go to the mat on your
behalf-because otherwise, during a
review, your proposal may get no more
than 5 minutes on center stage. We
learned the importance of anticipating
problems with the research and doing
what you can in the proposal to deflect
them, strategies for effectively and
efficiently communicating key ideas, and
the peril in low balling your budget.
(You may get funded!)

We know that several of you who could
not participate this spring are interested
in participating next fall, when the
seminar will be repeated. Mark
McLellan, IFAS Research Dean, has
agreed to provide us slots. Please let us
know if you'd be interested. We
recommend it.

Our office is sponsoring a series of
follow-up sessions for participants-and
anyone else who'd like to attend, for that
matter-the next of which is scheduled
for Friday, June 2 (at o1:ooa.m. in 158
NRN). We plan to talk about next steps
and future directions and how to
capitalize on and sustain the momentum
and energy we all came away with.
Please join us if you can.


Faculty Professional Development
Needs Survey Results

Increasingly, OER's efforts are focusing
on professional development as well.
The results of the faculty survey are in,
and we are developing a sense of our
collective retooling needs. The 39 of you
who responded to the survey expressed
interest in training topics that ranged
from grant writing and project
management fundamentals (e.g.,
funding sources, project design and
budgeting, orientation to Community of
Science,, project
management), to basic methods (e.g.,
overview of basic statistics, scholarly
writing and publishing, SPSS) and
beyond (e.g., mixed methods research,
survey research, grounded theory, SEM
and HLM).

Formats are likely to vary. While some
topics may be accommodated in an
hour-long brown-bag (e.g., scholarly
writing and publishing), others require
more extensive planning and delivery
time (e.g., mixed-methods research). We
will begin developing plans, and
coordinating and scheduling training
sessions this fall. Many thanks to all who
participated in the survey!

March Awards and Submissions

Congratulations are in order to Linda
Hagedorn (EAP) for her Lumina
Foundation award to support her
proposal: Achieving the Dream; to Rick
Ferdig (STL) for his Bellsouth
Foundation award to support his
proposal: Establishing a Framework to
Strengthen Virtual High Schools: A
Collaborative Initiative to Improve
Student Performance; and to Paul
George (STL) for the Helios Education
Foundation award that will support his
work on Florida Public Education: The
Middle Years. Best wishes go out to
John Kranzler (EP) for his proposal
to the National Institutes of Health and
to Dave Miller (EP) for his proposal to
the National Science Foundation. John
collaborated with Pediatrics on the NIH
proposal, and Dave with Electrical
Engineering on the NSF proposal. For
more details about these awards and
submissions, see the tables on the next

Paul Sindelar &Ana Puig

ORB June 2006

College of Education Funded Projects May 2006
Principal Investigator: L.S. Hagedorn
Funding Agency: Lumina Foundation for Education Inc.
Proposal Title: Achieving the Dream
Project Period: 05/01/06 10/31/06
Annual Award Amount: $84, 600.00

Principal Investigator: R.E. Ferdig
Funding Agency: Bellsouth Foundation
Proposal Title: Establishing a Framework to Strengthen Virtual High Schools: A
Collaborative Initiative to Improve Student Performance
Project Period: 05/16/06 05/15/11
Annual Award Amount: $600,000.00

Principal Investigator: P.S. George
Funding Agency: Helios Education Foundation
Proposal Title: Florida Public Education: The Middle Years
Project Period: 05/03/06 05/02/07
Annual Award Amount: $63,800.00

College of Education Submitted Proposals May 2006
Co-Principal Investigator: J.K. Kranzler
Funding Agency: National Institute of Health
Proposal Title: Neurocognitive Studies in Prader-Willi Syndrome and Early-onset Morbid
Requested Amount: $30,523.00

Co-Principal Investigator: M.D. Miller
Funding Agency: National Science Foundation
Proposal Title: An Undergraduate Engineering Advance Learning Technology
Requested Amount: $169,693.00

ORB June 2006

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