Ann Courtney, Ed.D. '87, Awarded Fulbright Scholar Grant

Hartford, Conn. – Ann Courtney (UMass College of Education Ed.D. 1987), an Associate Professor of Reading and Language Arts, and the Coordinator of Elementary Education at the University of Hartford, has been awarded a Fulbright Scholar grant to lecture and research at Mary Immaculate College-University of Limerick in Limerick, Ireland during the 2008-2009 academic year.

Courtney’s project, One Language, Two Countries: Complexities of Teaching Comprehension will compare and contrast the ways that educators shape literacy practice in Ireland and the US. Courtney also won a competitive research grant from the Irish Department of Education and Science for her work.

She will be working with Irish colleague from Mary Immaculate College, Dr. Martin Gleeson, and 10 elementary teachers from the greater Limerick area. Her research focuses on reading comprehension.

“I am thrilled to have been awarded a Fulbright for Ireland,” said Courtney. “I am working with ten wonderful teachers from Limerick to Cork and the Beara Peninsula.”

Working in schools ranging in size from a 35-student rural school to an inner city school with 1,000 students, the team is researching how teachers in Ireland teach comprehension.

Courtney, reached in Ireland, said she has already hit it off with the local teachers.

“They are acting as cultural ambassadors to me: providing very specific directions, translations, and suggesting what I should visit as I travel the roads to work with them,” she said. “Everyone here is warm, accepting and patient.”