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Office of Educational Research
January 2007

Office of Educational Research Bulletin (ORB)

News & Notes

In mid-December, Margaret Atherton of the
UF Foundation contacted Catherine about
the Smallwood Foundation's interest in
proposals from COE faculty for projects
related to K-12 outreach. Although the
request for proposals came on short notice,
at the end of the semester, and with the
holidays looming, there was an excellent
response to this solicitation, and 14
proposals were received.

Ana and I met with Laforis Knowles to
review the submissions and to choose four
to send on. Our job was difficult because the
proposals were all good and we had little
guidance about what kind of proposals
Smallwood would look most favorably
upon. In the end, at Margaret Atherton's
suggestion, we emphasized outreach and
chose proposals that best exemplified that
kind of work. Here are excerpts from the
proposals we selected:

Smallwood Foundation Fellowship for
Principal Leadership and Professional
Development in Special Education
Administration by Jean Crockett and David

....More than 95% of the 6.8 million
students with disabilities in the United
States today are educated in public schools,
yet few school principals are prepared to
provide leadership that ensures these
students an appropriate education. At the
University of Florida, The EXCELSIOR
Initiative for Principal Leadership and

Professional Development in Special Education
Administration- an interdisciplinary
collaborative across the College of
Education-is designed to help Florida
schools meet this need. We are requesting
support to fund a fellowship for highly
qualified graduate students who can assist
Florida's principals in strengthening their
leadership for special education
administration by building their capacity to
use evidence-based school improvement
practices, providing training and onsite
professional development, and fostering
partnerships.... Improving schools for all
students is at the heart of this proposed

Project ONSTAAR- Online Support for
Teacher and Administrator Action Research
by Nancy Dana, Kara Dawson, Chris
Sessums, and Diane Yendol-Hoppey

....Districts across Florida struggle to
improve their schools through meaningful
staff development for teachers and
administrators targeted at increasing
student achievement. One powerful form of
staff development.., is action research.
Action research is defined as practitioners
systematically studying their own
classroom or administrative practice,
through the process of defining research
questions, collecting data, analyzing data,
synthesizing and sharing with other
practitioners what was learned, and taking
action for change.... A comprehensive,
systematic, and user-friendly system is not

available to help educators learn the action
research process; receive support from
knowledgeable action research coaches...;
capture, collate, analyze, and synthesize the
individual teacher research that occurs
throughout an entire district over the school
year; and systematically search teacher
research.... [T]he purpose of this outreach
initiative is to capitalize on several existing
College of Education initiatives to create a
full-service technology-based system to
support school improvement through
teacher and administrator inquiry...

Learning through Academic Play: Summer
Enrichment for Children Living in Poverty
by Dorene Ross, Elizabeth Bondy, Elizabeth
Yeager, Kara Dawson, Linda Jones, Tom
Dana, and Emery Bishop

...Despite intensive efforts, the achievement
gap between poor, minority students and
their more advantaged peers persists.
Studies suggest that children from poverty
make strong academic gains each school
year but lose ground over the summer,
while children from more advantaged
backgrounds make gains as a result of
attending summer enrichment programs.
With supplemental funding from the
Smallwood Foundation, the proposed
project will draw on resources from the
University of Florida (UF), DansCompany
(a private dance studio), and the School
Board of Alachua County (SBAC) to create
an eight-week, full-day summer enrichment
camp program for children of poverty in
east Gainesville. Simultaneously, the project
will provide a context for teacher education
for both practicing teachers and university
students who are preparing to become

Broadening Opportunities for Success in the
Sciences by Troy Sadler

... [I]t is essential to engage talented young
minds in science and to prepare them to
become tomorrow's scientific and
technological leaders. While preparation of
the next generation of scientists is
significant for all segments of society,
recruitment of groups underrepresented in
the sciences is particularly
important... .Hispanics and African
Americans participate in scientific and
medical communities in woefully low
proportions.... Opportunities to work in
authentic science research settings with
experts can have very powerful impacts on
student intellectual development, beliefs
about their own abilities to do science, and
awareness of career options in science....
[UF's] Center for Precollegiate Education
and Training offers opportunities for high
school students to participate in science
apprenticeships. The Student Science
Training Program (SSTP) is a seven-week,
summer program during which talented
high school students work intensely with
scientists and their research teams.... With
support from the Smallwood Foundation,
we would like to establish SSTP
scholarships for students from
underrepresented groups with
demonstrated financial need. To facilitate
this work, we have partnered with the UF
Alliance, an ongoing collaboration between
UF and a network of low performing, urban
high schools...

Although we were limited to four
Smallwood proposals, we plan to use the
other proposals to create research
prospectuses. In collaboration with the
Offices of Development and News and
Publications, we are developing
prospectuses for Laforis and the new
Development Director to use in

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conversations with potential donors. At this
point, we are working on prototypes, about
which we'll be seeking your feedback.

Eventually, all interested COE faculty will
have the opportunity to develop
prospectuses about the work you want to
do using the prototypes as a guide. We are
excited about this new opportunity to
showcase your research ideas and perhaps
pique the interest of potential donors. We
look forward to your contributions to this
new initiative.

OER Happenings

Please mark your calendars for the
following OER-sponsored events:

We have scheduled a follow-up meeting to
the IFAS Grant Writing Seminar a number
of COE faculty attended in December. It
will be held in the Terrace Room on Friday,
January 26 from 10:00 to 11:30 am.

The purpose of this session is to talk about
impressions garnered from the training and
research ideas you may have. We want to
invite all COE faculty to attend to help
connect individuals and groups who have
common interests and discuss specific ways
in which we might support proposal writers
through to completion.

We will provide cookies and refreshments;
to make sure we have enough for everyone,
please RSVP to Ana:
by Monday, January 22.

December Submissions

Best wishes go to Catherine Emihovich for
her submission to the US Department of
Housing and Urban Development; to
Nicholas Grimaudo and Linda Behar-
Horenstein for their submission to the
Division of Sponsored Research; to Walter
Leite for his submission to the AERA
Grants Program; and to Fran Vandiver for
her submission to the Florida Department
of Education. For more details about these
submissions, see the table on the next page.

Ana & Paul

ORB January 2007 3

College of Education Funded Projects December 2007
SNo new projects were funded during the month of December.

College of Education Submitted Proposals December 2007
Principal Investigator: C. Emihovich
Funding Agency: US Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD)
Proposal Title: Norman Hall Renovation Project
Requested Amount: $396,000

Principal Investigator: N.J. Grimaudo Co-PI: L.S. Behar-Horenstein
Funding Agency: Division of Sponsored Research
Proposal Title: Increasing Access to Oral Health Care
Requested Amount: $75,850

Principal Investigator: W.L. Leite
Funding Agency: AERA Grants Program
Proposal Title: Children Who Change Schools and Their Academic Growth: Identifying
Family Factors that Reduce the Risk of Lower Academic Achievements in High-Mobility
Requested Amount: $35,000

Principal Investigator: F.M. Vandiver
Funding Agency: Florida Department of Education
Proposal Title: Title IV, Safe and Drug-Free Schools
Requested Amount: $3,088

ORB January 2007 4

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