Dr. Sara Hart was award the 2017-2018 Developing Scholar Award at Florida State University. Read more here: http://news.fsu.edu/news/university-news/2018/05/03/biological-science-professor-wins-fsus-2018-distinguished-teacher-award/
Dr. Jill Pentimonti has been promoted to "Principal Researcher" at AIR. Go Jill!!
The POWER board got together for a one day meeting at AIR in DC to discuss membership. We have laid out the plan for three levels of membership in POWER, and will be sending out information in the coming months. We anticipate growing quickly, and we want to make sure we are ready!
Dr. Hope Gerde has been in the news (hear her on NPR!) for a recent paper based on her IES grant to improve young students' writing skills. Details here
Brook Sawyer was awarded Lehigh University's Frank Hook Assistant Professorship. This award is granted to junior faculty members who demonstrate extraordinary dedication to teaching.
Dr. Mindy Bridges is just starting a new NIH grant looking at reading comprehension in sixth graders.
Dr. Jill Pentimonti is starting a large AIR-funded grant to study language based intervention linked with progress monitoring in home visiting programs in Pennsylvania.
Dr. Tricia Zucker is starting a pilot project testing a small-group reading intervention in Spanish.
Dr. Jaclyn Dynia is working on a project with Cleveland Public Libraries to train all staff on child development.
POWER member Dr. Tricia Zucker has just been named as the Associate Director of the Children’s Learning Institute, at the McGovern Medical School at UTHealth. She will play a particularly important role in expanding the research program at CLI, including working closely with faculty to help them achieve their research goals and obtain funding. Congrats Dr. Zucker on your new leadership role!
The founding members of POWER met May 2-5, 2017 for their first meeting. Priority discussion items were sharing cutting-edge educational science for professional development, as well as creation of the mission statement, organizational structure, and goals of POWER.
The schedule of our first meeting is below:
Jill Pentimonti, with Virginia Buysse, has been awarded a Goal 3 from IES, "Efficacy of a Targeted Shared Book Reading Intervention for Children Who Meet Screening Criteria in PreK". Stay tuned for findings from this work.
Lori Skibbe is the independent evaluator for a new I3 grant. Check out the news!